Sustainable Food Systems
The Sustainable Food Systems sub-project of our Global Research Translation Award (GRTA) Project is addressing food and nutrition insecurity in India: a problem confronting a vast majority of women and children, especially in rural, indigenous communities.
Despite economic growth, India has some of the highest levels of food and nutrition insecurity in the world, with close to 40% of children under 5 stunted, and over 50% of women anaemic. There is an urgent need to upscale successful local innovations and best practices to address these issues.
The project partners are working with communities, especially women's groups, youth groups and students to generate and share knowledge on sustainable food systems, in particular production choices and technologies, diets and consumption practices, and their relationship to health and nutrition outcomes. Using a range of creative tools and strategies, partners and communities are generating digital content that will be shared at scale through an interactive, audio community media platform; supplemented by a mobile app for smartphone users, to provide 24-hour real-time response to community needs. Sustainability will be ensured through capacity-building of educational institutions, government functionaries and the wider public at multiple scales - local, regional, national and international.
Suraj Kumar, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, India
Nivedita Narain, Pradan, India
Ritesh Datta, Gram Vaani, India
Nitya Rao, School of International Development, UEA, UK