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NUTRI GARDEN

 

Relevance

  • GS 2: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

 

Context

  • Woman and Child Development minister inaugurated Nutri Garden at All India Institute of Ayurveda to mark the beginning of Poshan Maah – 2021.

 

Key points

  • It will provide knowledge about how the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda intervention can be effectively utilized to address the nutrition requirement of the nation.
  • The Minister of State had highlighted the nutritional and medicinal importance of few Ayurvedic herbs like Shigru, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Amala, Tulasi, Haldi.
  • He also emphasised on importance of promoting evidence-based Ayurveda nutrition practices for holistic wellbeing of mother and child.

 

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What are Nutri Gardens?

  • A nutri-garden project is a cost-effective model to grow nutrient-rich crops for personal or community consumption to promote good health and well-being.
  • It helps tackle both under-nutrition and over-nutrition by adopting a sustainable life cycle approach.
  • Nutri Garden Odisha is one such successful model.

 

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Process of making a Nutri Garden

  • A Nutri Garden project must have children as the primary participants, and should be executed in a phased manner.

 

Phase 1

  • Nutri Garden in Anganwadi: The project should be undertaken in a few government schools and Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) across a district.
  • It will encourage local availability of diversified vegetables for mid-day meals.
  • Its successful implementation would require convergence among the different departments namely, agriculture, horticulture and other related functionaries.
  • It will enhance nutritional literacy among students, and make them understand the basis of choice of crops (based on season and topography) and their nutritional content.
  • Based on the outcomes and learning from the pilot, the project should further be scaled-up to include all government schools in the district.

 

Phase 2

  • Under this phase, the project could be extended to private schools, which could adopt the culture of nutri-gardens.
  • Learning by doing approach: Schools should create nutri-clubs as part of extra-curricular activities and promote organic farming as part of the curriculum.

 

Benefits of Nutri Gardens

  • It promotes safe and healthy eating habits among students.
  • It provides nutritious food that can address micro & macro nutrient deficiencies and hidden hunger in children.
  • It provides better use of vacant land lying idle at the schools and AWCs (Aangan Waadi Centres).
  • It also ensures an inexpensive, regular and handy supply of fresh vegetables, which are basic to nutrition.
  • It brings diversification in the menu of mid-day meals at government schools and AWCs.
  • It turns children into catalysts who promote awareness and behavioural changes in society.

 

Challenges

  • Lack of availability of vacant land, water and other necessary infrastructure to create a nutri-garden.
  • Insufficient funds from the administration.
  • Unmotivated staff at AWCs and schools due to their existing workload and no absence of incentives
  • Difficulty in bringing government functionaries on a single platform to effectively implement the concept.

 

Also Read: Hunger Hotspots: A Report by FAO-WFP

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