In the month of November, 2021, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched Nutrition Smart Village. This program has the aim of reaching across 75 villages in the country and will look to promote various nutritional awareness in these selected villages.
This programme has the aim to raise nutritional awareness and change behavior in rural areas of the country. This program is for female farmers and students. This program will disseminate traditional knowledge of India. The program will also share knowledge of local recipes to help overcome malnutrition and will also spread agriculture which will be nutrition sensitive through various nutri-gardens.
Under this programme, how will the objectives be achieved?
Through All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Women in Agriculture, the objectives under this programme are to be achieved. The project is run at 13 centers in 12 states nationwide. Each AICRP center hosts 5 villages. The rest of the village will be taken over by Indian Council of Agricultural Research. This is part of Prime Minister Modi’s call on agronomists and scholars to transform 75 villages.
Need for the programme
In India, malnutrition is the leading cause of mortality in children under the age of five. In addition, more than 60 million children residing in India are underweight. It is almost half of the country’s child population. About 45% are stunted, 21% are wasted and 57% are vitamin A deficient hence this programme is much needed to curb malnutrition.