India’s double burden on malnutrition: Time for urgent redressal

India has ~65% population below the age of 35. This translates to the fact that more than half of the potential workforce over the coming decade in Asia will come from India. This will have huge economic and leadership implications for our country. However, a major requirement will be for… Read More

Local Food Cuisine – Traditional recipes from Madhya Pradesh, India to promote Nutrition and Diet Diversity

A recipe book Agriculture, in a real sense, has been the life-line for Madhya Pradesh, India. The state of Madhya Pradesh has several carbohydrate rich produces of the country including wheat, rice, bajra (dark millet), maize, jowar (sorghum), fruits and vegetables. Further, more than 1/4th of total protein production of… Read More

Nutrition Monitoring System to Combat Malnutrition

Malnutrition in children is a challenge worldwide across the developing countries. Proper care and nutrition from birth to the age of five years, proves quite instrumental in harnessing the optimum genetic potential of growth. UNICEF points that nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to malnutrition.… Read More

State Food Commissions – Filling the gap for a convergent action

‘Convergence’ is one of the commonly used terminology in the social sector in connection with developmental activities. Everybody recognizes its importance and understands its relevance for strengthening most social development indicators. Many states including Odisha, have an exclusive Planning-cum-Convergence Department for coordinating & converging the efforts of different departments. However,… Read More

Kitchen Garden to the Households and Beyond… The Food and Nutrition Journey Takes a Turn!

Since the beginning of human being’s transformation till homo-sapiens, food has been an integral part of its survival. Twenty first century is in its teens but unfortunately the health scenario is not becoming healthier! The government, academia, and health institutions, media, NGOs, socio-economic initiatives are striving really hard to make… Read More

Investing in Human Capital : Towards an Anemia Free India

It must have been a while since I visited a small town called Tonk in Rajasthan, which is around 100 kms from Jaipur. There is particularly nothing memorable about Tonk, except a group of adolescent girls, I met as part of understanding issues related to their health and education. We… Read More

State Food Commissions – Filling the gap for a convergent action

‘Convergence’ is one of the most used terminologies in the field of development. Everybody recognizes its importance and understands its relevance for strengthening most social development indicators. Many states including Odisha, have a separate Planning-cum-Convergence Department for coordinating the efforts of different departments. However, little effort has been seen for… Read More

Stop the Madness: Let’s Stop Talking About Sustainability and Actually Do Something to Ensure It!

Sustainability has long been one of those concepts that is discussed more than it is understood. Even though many donors require it, very few (if any) require that it be well planned, managed, or provide the resources necessary to measure it. As a result, “sustainability” is rarely appraised and quantified.… Read More

Who grows, Who eats: a reflection towards gender and social equity in Nutrition

Homestead backyard gardens or kitchen gardens are a common sight in every other household in rural India. If we wish to find out what all vegetative and natural resources, from own production are being preserved, multiplied and sourced to meet the intra-household food consumption or sharing, it has to be… Read More

NFSA in Odisha: Exclusion error could be to tune of 5-10 percent

Stocktaking by civil society brings out the functioning of the scheme in the state In last four years and especially after the roll out of NFSA from November 2015, the state government has taken a number of positive steps, however there remain concerns both at the policy and implementation level.… Read More