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Our plan : In 2016-18, we plan to share issue programmes of governments, corporates, NGOs, FAs... in any country with focus on Thane, other districts of India.
Our vision : Universal development Our mission : Be sustainable, promote others Our focus : Share challenges & solutions email your programmes on issues
Food security programmes Food security : Funding proposals by various stakeholders

Food balance sheets
Food balance sheets provide essential information on a country's food system through three components:

• Domestic food supply of the food commodities in terms of production, imports, and stock changes.
• Domestic food utilization which includes feed, seed, processing, waste, export, and other uses.
• Per capita values for the supply of all food commodities (in kilograms per person per year) and the calories, protein, and fat content.

Annual food balance sheets show the trends in the overall national food supply, disclose changes that may have taken place in the types of food consumed, and reveal the extent to which the food supply of the country is adequate in relation to nutritional requirements.

Towards Food Sovereignty
Since 1985, the women of DDS sanghams have used between them about 1.2 million eco-employment days to bring back under active cultivation over ten thousand acres of degraded agricultural lands. Consequently, they have been raising over three million kilos of grain every year, which is six times more than half a million kilos of grains they used to produce earlier.

Since 1996, they have designed and managed a radical, path breaking Alternative Public Distribution System (PDS), based on the principles of local production, local storage and local distribution to create a series of Community Grain Funds. Through this programme, they have reversed the trend of increasing centralisation and the tyranny of chosen foodgrains. Participating in this Alternative PDS programme, about 3000 women in 50 villages have enhanced the productivity of over 3500 acres of land, mostly fallow or highly marginal, to grow more than a million kilograms of extra sorghum in their communities every year. This activity has translated into production of nearly 1000 extra meals per each participating family per year, thereby demolishing the myth of the need for permanent government patronage for their food security. The village level Community Grain Funds, which the women in 50 villages were able to establish, serves the critical hunger time food needs of the poorest and the destitute in their communities.
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Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to global health, killing more people than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
There are almost one billion chronically hungry people in the world, the majority of whom are women.
How would it feel if you had to go to bed hungry every night? If your daughter or son, brother or sister would weigh so little, he or she would be weaker, thinner and smaller than other children the same age? If that desperate question of how to feed your family would determine your everyday thoughts?

This is the reality of every seventh person in the world and the reality of every fourth child in developing countries. Because these people are underweight. Malnutrition has lasting effects: Children deprived of adequate nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life often have stunted growth, poor cognitive development and low immunity to disease.

But malnutrition can be reduced when women are empowered.

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Empowering women feeds whole families
The causes of food insecurity are many: poor governance, climate change impacts, competition for resources, and gender inequalities. We and our partners work with communities to tackle food scarcity at its root. When children have enough to eat, they grow up healthy, are better in school, complete a higher education and have a better chance to earn a salary.

So how do we ensure that children get a nutritious diet? By empowering women and girls.

More than twenty years ago, CARE started to roll out its Village Savings and Loan (VSLA) programmes around the world. The idea: women save money together, lend each other money and start small businesses. The result: Women earn an income for the first time of their lives. They become more confident by contributing to their household’s income, start claiming their right to decide on its spending – and often use it to buy nutritious food for their families, such as fish and meat at least once a month.

But the women earned more than just money. They earned the respect of their husbands, their neighbors and their villages.

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466 Food Loss and Waste Reduction
Thirty two percent of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted, a massive inefficiency which has significant impacts on people and the planet. This workstream aims to address this challenge and is structured around two pillars: Action and Measurement.

Healthy Soils
Twenty four percent of the world´s usable lands are degraded, which represents major threats to agricultural productivity. Some studies estimate the economic loss of land degradation at USD 40 billion per year. This workstream leverages two existing initiatives that aim to raise awareness and scale up action around land degradation: the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) and the Soil Leadership Academy.

Land Use
The global demand for food, feed, fibre, biofuel and biochemichals is rapidly growing, which increases competition between these different sectors for one of the most precious resources: land. Through engagement in different multistakeholder initiatives, this workstream aims to come up with innovative solutions on land use issues.

Smallholder Farmers
Small-scale regional agriculture produces up to 80% of the food consumed in the developing world and is an important source of income in those countries for the 1.5 billion people who rely directly on the food and agriculture sector for their livelihoods. This workstream is looking into strengthening existing initiatives that aim to enhance smallholder farmers’ livelihoods.

In 2014, the Food and Biomaterial Solutions Group will start focusing on these four workstreams. In parallel, it will ascertain how to incorporate the other Action2020 business solutions into the work program. For each business solution identified, WBCSD could either take the lead, collaborate or coordinate members’ input.

 

Food Program for the Destitute - to help elderly people who were abandoned by their family and have lost their potential to work
630 Sanitation, Hygiene, Health Programs, in order to supply basic needs of the community

 

Right to Food
Although India is seen as a rising economic power and it is hoped that a trickle down will benefit the poor and marginalized; in reality the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. The National Sample Survey Data reported in 2004 showed that 70% of the population was at or below the poverty line in terms of consumption of food. The data revealed that 750 million persons were consuming less than 2,400 k calories per person per day which was the poverty line standard set by the Planning Commission of India in 1979. In her recently published book “The Republic of Hunger” Professor Utsa Patnaik of the Jawaharlal Nehru University concluded that on an average, a family of 5 consume 100 kilograms of grain less per year as compared to the consumption during the Second World War. This is the specter of starving India.

Over half the children in India are malnourished and about one-quarter are so severely malnourished that they have shrunken brains and stunted bodies. A new generation of millions of Indians will grow to adulthood disabled. More than half of all women are anaemic with pregnant and lactating women suffering severe anaemia and malnutrition.

Particularly, hard hit are the dalits (the Scheduled Castes) and the Scheduled Tribes. Levels of malnutrition are highest amongst these sections. About 3000 starvation deaths every year are documented by NGOs. The vast majority of those dying by starvation are scheduled caste and scheduled tribes.

Among other reasons, this situation is intolerable because India is a surplus producer of grain. This grain however, is often exported or sold on the open market. But the poor cannot afford to buy grains at market rates and hence it is imperative that the public distribution system which provides grain very cheaply is strengthened.

To meet this situation of widespread and chronic hunger the Government of India initiated several programmes:

The Mid-Day Meal Scheme for children in schools.
The Integrated Child Development Scheme for children in the age groups 0-6 years, adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women.
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to provide employment particularly in rural areas
A pension scheme and a free grain supply scheme for destitute persons above 65 years.
However, the implementation of these schemes was abysmal and malnutrition became even more widespread and starvation deaths increased from year to year. This called for an intervention by civil society groups. In collaboration with the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and other organisations, the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) responded by filing a public interest petition in the Supreme Court of India asking for directions to be issued to the Government of India and the State Governments so that malnutrition could be reduced and starvation deaths prevented.
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Any woman above 60 can share traditional food
It is wrong to think that only poor and rich suffer from physical & mental stress. Even middle class citizens across the world suffer from stress. We are neither a political or food or crime or naxalite or religion related website but we know that for the sustainability of all human beings, food is critical. No human being (not even those who go scientific mission out of this world in specially designed aircrafts) can live life without solid or liquid food. There are food items which are cooked on traditional days and instead of just food celebrities, we plan to offer space of women above 60 years of age to write to editor on traditional food in their country. India being an example country, we invite women above 60 to share traditional food in their State or UT. With Thane as a global example, we will share traditional food from many Thane women above 60. There will be link to food in each State / UT in India from the index page of the state / UT as well as from Thane index page.

Yes, we say it again that these are not food celebrities and not young girls. So these women from any country or any State / UT / District of India may or maynot see CSRidentity.com or any internet site but they or their daughters / sons will like global visibility for their mother.

The first woman we plan to cover is Nalini Vaze and this starts from 07.03.2016

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