Nutrition Smart Villages

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    • Recently, the Union Agriculture Minister announced the “Nutrition Smart Village” programme to reach out to 75 villages across India.

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    • Objectives of the initiative: 
      • Promoting nutritional awareness.
      • Education and behavioural change in rural areas involving farm women and school children.
      • Harnessing traditional knowledge through the local recipe to overcome malnutrition and 
      • Implementing nutrition-sensitive agriculture through homestead agriculture and Nutri-garden.
      • To achieve the goal of Malnutrition free villages, intensive awareness campaigns and field activities will be undertaken focusing on the concept of Nutri-village / Nutri-food / Nutri-diet/ Nutri-thali etc. for strengthening the Poshan Abhiyan. 
    • The objectives are achieved through the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Women in Agriculture. The project is in operation in 13 centres located in 12 states of the country. Each AICRP centre will adopt five villages. The rest of the villages are to be adopted by the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).

    Initiatives to tackle Malnutrition in India

    • Integrated Child Development Services
    • Matritva Sahyog Yojana
    • Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana
    • Mid-Day Meal Scheme
    • National Food Security Mission
    • National Nutrition Mission
    • National Nutrition Strategy

    Source: PIB