Addressing Food & Nutritional Security among Children through Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture- CSR Projects India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Updated:  25/11/2019

 

Project Pitch By: South Central India Network for Development Alternatives (SCINDeA)

 

Proposed Project Title


Addressing Food & Nutritional Security among Children through Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Hunger & Malnutrition

Project Synopsis

The project aims to promote nutrition-based approaches in agriculture practices and build capacities of dryland farmers, augment diet and nutritional diversity among the farmer families with special focus on young children and pregnant and lactating mothers in 20 villages. Simultaneously adolescent girls will also be sensitized on a nutrition-rich balanced diet during their adolescence.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.3 Cr - INR 0.6 Cr
Proposed Location
Ramanagara

Key Project Partners
NGOs

Project Status
Proposed
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): 1200 Small and marginalized dry land farmers , 200 young mothers & 120 adolescent girls
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000 and above Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

1. Objectives 

  • To promote nutrition-based approaches in agriculture practices and build capacities of farmers
  • To augment diet and nutritional diversity among families with special focus on children and  young pregnant and lactating mothers in the selected villages
  • To sensitize adolescent girls on the importance of nutrition-rich balanced diet during adolescence    


2. Project Area 

The project will be implemented in 20 villages of 3 blocks (Kailancha, Kasaba & Kootgal) inRamnagara district, Karnataka. There are 3145 families with a population of 16800. From amongthe 3145 families, 1200 families will be shortlisted through a random baseline survey.     


3. Context & Strategies which will be undertaken to reach the objectives listed above 

Farmers operate in rain-fed dry lands frequently affected by less and unequally distributed rainfall.  Present mono-cropping and market-oriented farming are not economically and ecologically viable because it is less suitable for rainfed conditions.  Communities are middle-income groups, less aware of nutrition and health aspects, and have limited availability and access to a nutritious diet. In this context, the project will focus on building capacities of producers (rain-fed farmers) and consumer groups (focus on adolescent girls and young mothers) on nutrition-sensitive production and consumption 

  1. At the production level, identify 1200 farmers in 3 blocks of Ramnagara district and train members in diversified farming, integrated and improved production and access to nutritious millets, fruits, vegetables and animal products in the villages. The focus will be placed on producing pesticide-free products as a value addition 
  2. At the consumption level, identify 200 young pregnant and lactating mothers and mothers of young children in 20 villages and build their capacities on the importance of balanced nutrition in the overall development of their children.          

 

4. Programme Activities  

  1. Staff Team induction and planning workshop
  2. Project launch 
  3. Monthly PMG meeting ( programme monitoring group)
  4. Random survey to benchmark a baseline for 600 families 
  5. Identification of 1200 dryland farmers and forming them into 20 farmers groups
  6. Curriculum development workshop
  7. reparation and printing of training manual
  8. Awareness programmes in nutrition-sensitive agriculture in 20 villages
  9. Training of 20 lead farmers in diversified and nutrition focussed production
  10. Training of 60 farmers per village in integrated farming techniques 
  11. Training 1200 farmer families in family farming and supply of vegetable seeds and fruit saplings 
  12. Exposure programme for 40 lead farmers
  13. Training of 40 young mother nutrition motivators in a balanced diet, nutritional deficiencies,           improved cooking techniques etc.,
  14. Formation of 20  village-level women's groups
  15. Training of 200  young mothers in preparation of nutritious millet rich food recipes
  16. Nutrition  awareness programme for 60 adolescent girls 
  17. Nutrition awareness mela
  18. Assessment of results at the end of the project and report preparation
  19. End of project workshop for sharing of experiences and result

 

5. Key Target Groups  

  • 20 lead farmers
  • 1200 farmers @ 60 per village will be selected for building capacity on nutrition focussed sustainable production
  • 200 young mothers which also include pregnant and lactating mothers (10 from each village) will be identified and capacities built in preparation of nutritious millet rich diets for improving the demand/consumption side.
  • 60 adolescent girls will be identified to provide awareness on the importance of nutrition-rich balanced diet during adolescence 
  • 40 nutritional motivators                   

 

6. Monitoring and Evaluation Plan  

The project monitoring system will be based on a set of developed indicators which will be monitored monthly against the activities.  An excel-based MIS covering the indicators will be prepared for every beneficiary.   A project management group will be formed at the start of the project which will be represented by lead farmers, project staff and the SCINDeA Coordinator. This group will meet monthly and discuss performance and results based on data collected from the field and will support the implementation decisions     


7. Sustainability plan for the project 

The Project Management Group (PMG) will be the key stakeholder group monitoring and supporting the implementation.  This group with the support of the trained trainers (lead farmers) and the village institutions will take over the follow-up plans in the post-project scenario.  The farmer groups involved in production will continue to motivate and practice the improved approach on a long-term basis.  The village-level women discussion groups are also expected to sustain the activities and results in the supply side  


8. Exit Plan   

The project will focus on building and strengthening the capacities of the 1200 farmers for long term sustainability of the project. Following the training and capacity building, farmers will be encouraged to approach external stakeholders like the department of agriculture, NABARD and local banks. 

 1.Objectives
 
To promote nutrition-based approaches in agriculture practices and build capacities of farmers
To augment diet and nutritional diversity among families with special focus on children and  young pregnant and lactating mothers in the selected villages
To sensitize adolescent girls on the importance of nutrition-rich balanced diet during adolescence   
 
2.Project Area
 
The project will be implemented in 20 villages of 3 blocks (Kailancha, Kasaba & Kootgal) in
Ramnagara district, Karnataka. There are 3145 families with a population of 16800. From among
the 3145 families, 1200 families will be shortlisted through a random baseline survey.   
  
3.Context & Strategies which will be undertaken to reach the objectives listed above
 
Farmers operate in rain-fed dry lands frequently affected by less and unequally distributed rainfall.  Present mono-cropping and market-oriented farming are not economically and ecologically viable because it is less suitable for rainfed conditions.  Communities are middle-income groups, less aware of nutrition and health aspects, and have limited availability and access to a nutritious diet. In this context, the project will focus on building capacities of producers (rain-fed farmers) and consumer groups (focus on adolescent girls and young mothers) on nutrition-sensitive production and consumption
 
1. At the production level, identify 1200 farmers in 3 blocks of Ramnagara district and train members in diversified farming, integrated and improved production and access to nutritious millets, fruits, vegetables and animal products in the villages. The focus will be placed on producing pesticide-free products as a value addition
 
2. At the consumption level, identify 200 young pregnant and lactating mothers and mothers of young children in 20 villages and build their capacities on the importance of balanced nutrition in the overall development of their children.          
 
4.Programme Activities 
 
1.     Staff Team induction and planning workshop
2.     Project launch 
3.     Monthly PMG meeting ( programme monitoring group)
4.     Random survey to benchmark a baseline for 600 families 
5.     Identification of 1200 dryland farmers and forming them into 20 farmers groups
6.     Curriculum development workshop
7.     Preparation and printing of training manual
8.     Awareness programmes in nutrition-sensitive agriculture in 20 villages
9.     Training of 20 lead farmers in diversified and nutrition focussed production
10. Training of 60 farmers per village in integrated farming techniques 
11. Training 1200 farmer families in family farming and supply of vegetable seeds and fruit saplings 
12. Exposure programme for 40 lead farmers 
13. Training of 40 young mother nutrition motivators in a balanced diet, nutritional deficiencies,           improved cooking techniques etc.,
14. Formation of 20  village-level women's groups
15. Training of 200  young mothers in preparation of nutritious millet rich food recipes
16. Nutrition  awareness programme for 60 adolescent girls 
17. Nutrition awareness mela
18. Assessment of results at the end of the project and report preparation
19. End of project workshop for sharing of experiences and result
5.Key Target Groups  
a.              20 lead farmers
b.         1200 farmers @ 60 per village will be selected for building capacity on nutrition focussed sustainable production
c.    200 young mothers which also include pregnant and lactating mothers (10 from each village) will be identified and capacities built in preparation of nutritious millet rich diets for improving the demand/consumption side.
d.    60 adolescent girls will be identified to provide awareness on the importance of nutrition-rich balanced diet during adolescence 
e.    40 nutritional motivators 
 
                 
 
6. Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 
 
The project monitoring system will be based on a set of developed indicators which will be monitored monthly against the activities.  An excel-based MIS covering the indicators will be prepared for every beneficiary.  
 
A project management group will be formed at the start of the project which will be represented by lead farmers, project staff and the SCINDeA Coordinator. This group will meet monthly and discuss performance and results based on data collected from the field and will support the implementation decisions
 
 
    7. Sustainability plan for the project
 
The Project Management Group (PMG) will be the key stakeholder group monitoring and supporting the implementation.  This group with the support of the trained trainers (lead farmers) and the village institutions will take over the follow-up plans in the post-project scenario. 
 
The farmer groups involved in production will continue to motivate and practice the improved approach on a long-term basis.  The village-level women discussion groups are also expected to sustain the activities and results in the supply side
  
8. Exit Plan  
 
The project will focus on building and strengthening the capacities of the 1200 farmers for long term sustainability of the project. Following the training and capacity building, farmers will be encouraged to approach external stakeholders like the department of agriculture, NABARD and local banks. 
 
 

Salient Features

  1. 1200 rain-fed dry land farmers trained in diversified and nutrition focussed production
  2. Capacities of 200 young, pregnant and lactating mothers built on importance of balanced millet rich nutrition for overall development of their childre
  3. The entire project is based on promotion of nutrition based approaches in agriculture practices to augment diet and nutritional diversity among farmer
 

About South Central India Network for Development Alternatives (SCINDeA)

SOUTH CENTRAL INDIA NETWORK for DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES is a reputed pioneering Networking NGO that has been specializing in the field of development for the past 20-24 years. The Network is constituted of 14 field-based organizations that are geographically situated in south-central regions of India – 1 district Andhra Pradesh, 2 districts Karnataka and 10 districts in Tamil Nadu. 

 

In the past 24 years, SCINDeA through its 14 partner organisations has been involved in poverty alleviation programmes, rights-based child development, promoting sectoral movements, prevention of HIV/AIDS, sustainable agriculture, low carbon farming, health & sanitation. Based on the community’s needs programmes have been developed. Strong CBOs have also been formed who are responsible for the programme monitoring.  The 14 partners of the Network are coordinated both programmatically and financially by the SCINDeA Secretariat. Robust programme and finance monitoring systems are in place. 75 programme staff and 15 accountants have been trained to develop skills in programme & finance management and monitoring.   

 

Through partnerships, programme designs, programme management, impact and sustainability assessment, SCINDeA has built a fairly good community rapport with different sectoral grass-root communities covering 283 villages, 205 panchayats, 39 blocks, 26 taluks, 15 districts & a population of 2,73,576. 

 

SCINDeA primarily works with the Dalits, fisherfolk, quarry workers, slum dwellers, Adivasis, small and marginalised farmers and ex-miners. 

 

While the main core project of SCINDeA titled “Empowerment of Communities through People’s Participation” is implemented by the partner organisations of the Network SCINDeA also directly implements projects. 

 

SCINDeA is registered as a Society and also with FCRA division of the Home Ministry, Govt. of India having its own character and legal identity. While being an independent Network we are also accountable to our members, communities and Resource Sharing Agencies.

SOUTH CENTRAL INDIA NETWORK for DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES is a reputed pioneering Networking NGO that has been specializing in the field of development for the past 20-24 years. The Network is constituted of 14 field-based organizations that are geographically situated in south-central regions of India – 1 district Andhra Pradesh, 2 districts Karnataka and 10 districts in Tamil Nadu.
 
In the past 24 years, SCINDeA through its 14 partner organisations has been involved in poverty alleviation programmes, rights-based child development, promoting sectoral movements, prevention of HIV/AIDS, sustainable agriculture, low carbon farming, health & sanitation. Based on the community’s needs programmes have been developed. Strong CBOs have also been formed who are responsible for the programme monitoring.  The 14 partners of the Network are coordinated both programmatically and financially by the SCINDeA Secretariat. Robust programme and finance monitoring systems are in place. 75 programme staff and 15 accountants have been trained to develop skills in programme & finance management and monitoring.  
 
Through partnerships, programme designs, programme management, impact and sustainability assessment, SCINDeA has built a fairly good community rapport with different sectoral grass-root communities covering 283 villages, 205 panchayats, 39 blocks, 26 taluks, 15 districts & a population of 2,73,576.
 
SCINDeA primarily works with the Dalits, fisherfolk, quarry workers, slum dwellers, Adivasis, small and marginalised farmers and ex-miners.
 
While the main core project of SCINDeA titled “Empowerment of Communities through People’s Participation” is implemented by the partner organisations of the Network SCINDeA also directly implements projects.
 
SCINDeA is registered as a Society and also with FCRA division of the Home Ministry, Govt. of India having its own character and legal identity. While being an independent Network we are also accountable to our members, communities and Resource Sharing Agencies.
 
 

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