Promoting Farming Systems for Nutrition

Keeping the zero hunger challenge in mind, MSSRF has been engaging in advocacy for a Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) approach. FSN is a concept to mainstream the nutrition dimension in the design of the farming system to address prevailing nutrition deficiencies in the population and address the problem of malnutrition. The concept has been field tested in two states- Maharashtra and Odisha. The whole concept has been appreciated by the Government of Odisha and included the term ‘nutrition sensitive agriculture interventions’ in state agriculture budget for 2018-19. Niti Aayog recommended that the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) take the lead in promoting the FSN approach through Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Nutrition gardens, a proven cost effective model to make micronutrient rich foods accessible to the entire household and contribute to expand and improve the quality of diets especially among women and children. More than 3000 households in the intervention states adopted the model to ensure diversified diet and quality. In addition, in the homesteads and common lands in the village, more than 3000 nutrition gardens have been promoted and demonstrated that it is a cost effective model to make micronutrient rich foods accessible to the entire household and contribute to expand and improve the quality of diets especially among women and children.

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