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  • Women as Drivers of Change for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture: Case Study of a Novel Extension Approach in Wardha, India

    What can a case study of an initiative for empowerment of women farmers tell us about nutrition-sensitive agriculture? Through this case study, the paper highlights how women farmers act as drivers of change and manage to bring about production and consumption diversity, even in a cash crop growing region; how women farmers' group serve asimportant social networks in aiding the spread of these changes; and how bundling of women's empowerment programmes with agricultural extension has the...

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  • Farming System for Nutrition: A Pathway for Addressing Malnutrition in India An initiative by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation

    MSSRF promotes the Farming Systems for Nutrition (FSN) as one the approaches to tackle household food and nutrition insecurity in rural India. The concept of FSN is a sustainable framework of farming, based on nutrition-sensitive agriculture.

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  • Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana : An Initiative Towards Empowering Women Farmers

    The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation launched the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP-Programme for the Empowerment of Women Farmers) in Vidarbha, following the visit of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan to this region, in 2006, in his capacity as Chairman of the National Commission on Farmers (NCF). Vidarbha, the hot spot of agrarian crisis, had an unenviable record of suicides by farmers. That the crisis has accentuated the vulnerability of farmers in general, and the widows of the farmers...

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  • Report on the Consultation with District Officials of Andhra Pradesh on Farming System for Nutrition: A Pathway for Addressing Malnutrition in India

    A one day consultation was held at the Extension Training Centre (ETC), Sri Kalahasti for district officials representing the departments of agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture and fisheries on the 7th September 2017. The consultation had representations from 13 districts with a total of 29 participants, including 8 faculty members from ETC. The consultation was organized by the MSSRF in collaboration with NIRD...

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  • Custom Hiring Centre of Farm Implements

    The article presents the results of a small initiative of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in setting up 'Custom Hiring Centres of Farm Implements' across two villages in the Wardha distict of Maharashtra. Considering that a very high percentage of small and marginal farmers in India do not own farm implements and given the close correspondence that prevails between access to farm implements and quality of agricultural operations, a discussion on the results of this enterprise...

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  • A Case for Universal PDS: Tamil Nadu’s Experience

    This paper appraises the performance and outreach of public distribution system (PDS) of Tamil Nadu in comparison with the Country both in the rural and urban areas using the recent rounds of NSSO data. The results suggest that the reach of PDS in Tamil Nadu is far better than all India, especially in the lower income group. The quantity of cereal consumption from PDS is much higher than that of All India. In Tamil Nadu the reach in rural is better than that of urban areas.

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  • Nutritional Security in Tamil Nadu and India: A comparative analysis

    One of the major concerns of development in India, since independence, has been the status of food security of its people. This paper discusses the nutritional outcome indicators as well as the major non- food factors (safe drinking water and sanitation) that influence the status of food absorption of rural and urban population of Tamil Nadu and India over three decades using NFHS and Census data. The results clearly pointed out that vast majority of women and children in Tamil Nadu and India...

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  • Community Hunger Fighters-- A People – Centred Programme Focussing Undernutrition Toolkit

    From the days of importing food to holding surplus stocks, India has made tremendous progress in the area of food production. The quantum leap in cereal production witnessed during the period of Green Revolution and the subsequent revolution in milk production are examples of concerted action as a result of synergy between scientific technology and public policy. Underpinning these, lies the role of the vast number of men and women farmers who made these advances possible by adopting the...

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  • Towards Nutrition Security--Community Hunger Fighters Programme (A People – Centred Programme Focussing Undernutrition)

    The three residential training modules on food and nutrition security presented in this document, were developed as part of a larger community centred programme on nutrition literacy. The authors are deeply indebted to the people of Koraput district of Odisha who partnered us in the training and for whose empowerment the modules were designed. We are grateful to Professor M S Swaminathan, Founder and chief mentor, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) who provided an outline of the...

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  • The Experiience of Communiitty Foodgraiin Banks

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