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For rural resource-poor families in extreme poverty pockets of India, with limited access to connectivity & economic opportunities, poverty & malnutrition are the known perils. Growing food crisis & financial depravity among these marginalised people have fueled the requirement for alternative food production & supply system, especially in non-farming families or barren areas. With aim to promote food security & provide multifaceted yet integrated support through a single platform in poverty alleviation & exploring livelihood opportunities, Nirmaan had adopted the concept of home gardens as a one stop solution of crop diversification and improving nutrition status among villagers.
The Kitchen Garden project operational in villages of Durgapur Sub-Division since 2017 caters to 450-500 below poverty line & tribal smallholders from remote villages of Bhalukkonda, Sundiara & Rangre. The villagers are provided with vegetable saplings, seeds, fertilisers, pesticides twice a year to grow seasonal vegetables in backyard kitchen. Professional training by agricultural experts are also provided periodically to practise kitchen farming as a viable solution to tide over food shortage.
These nutri-gardens have not only ensured year-long food supply in 100 + rural households per village but also substantially added to the family income making it a sustainable livelihood model. The environment-friendly initiative has also empowered local rural women with better hygiene & nutrition awareness, entrepreneurship opportunities resulting in socio-economic enhancement and significantly impacted their health & wellness with nutritious food intake round the year.