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Enhancement of Nutritional Health Security through Home Garden among Rural Poor Women.

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What were your biggest successes this season?

The vulnerable women will develop in income generation, family economy, reduced malnutrition, maternal mortality, livelihood security and self employ-ability, 95% women involved in gardening activities. When home gardening projects are developed which build on the traditional practices, local conditions and cultural context, they can be a sustainable means to improve micro nutrient intakes of high-risk groups and improve household food security. In addition, home gardening programs can be implemented successfully and cost-effectively on a national-scale using a collaborative model that fits local conditions.

Women are the main care-takers of the garden, which empowers them, ensures better utilisation of the income from the garden for food, and increases family welfare. All these benefits are important contributions towards poverty alleviation. The participants in the project will receive help developing well balanced diets and establishing home based backyard gardens. This will build the household’s capacity for preparing inexpensive and nutritious foods.

What challenges did or does your project face?

Natural calamities, non-cooperation of alcoholic husbands of the women or family members, Diseases, Migration of beneficiaries without information

How are you working to overcome them?

We would overcome these challenges through individual counselling, provide information natural pest management and preparation of organic pesticide, planting the particular season etc.

What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?

Women feel developing kitchen garden has given them more access to the use of vegetables and knowledge of the importance of vegetables. It has empowered them both economically and also socially. They are able to speak more confidently in meetings of their self-help groups. Women also explain how men of their household help them in procuring water for irrigation and also in ploughing the garden before sowing. When asked on how men take their participation in the kitchen garden, they said that men are very supportive.

Project Name:

Enhancement of Nutritional Health Security through Home Garden among Rural Poor Women.

Project Location:

Raja Muthiah Rd, Chinnaiyan Colony, Periyamet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600007, India

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