Strategies and Goals
Support and build the capacity of civil society to ensure the right to food and nutrition security among marginalised communities in India.
India is a countries of stark contrasts. While it has experienced considerable economic growth over the past two decades, the gap between rich and poor remains great. In India, the richest 1% own more than 50% of the country’s wealth and income inequality continues to rise, while 22% of India’s 1.2 billion population live below the poverty line. Despite making significant progress in reducing the number of children suffering from chronic undernutrition by almost half in the past decade, India is still home to one third of the world’s stunted children according to UNICEF and the country falls into the ‘serious’ category of the 2017 Global Hunger Index.
Sectors of Intervention
Welthungerhilfe promotes a multi-sectoral and rights-based approach that strengthens civil society to empower local communities. In close collaboration with local communities and partner organisations, Welthungerhilfe links agriculture, natural resource management, education and economic development to enable citizens and communities to fulfil their right to adequate food and nutrition security.
Civil Society and Empowerment: Since 2015 Welthungerhilfe and 10 partner organisations have trained and supported 30,000 young people in marginalised rural areas through its ‘Green Colleges’ project. The colleges were founded with funding from GIZ and BMZ and offer a mix of practical training in sustainable agriculture combined with business plan development and entrepreneurship to support young people to increase their income opportunities and create new jobs.
Welthungerhilfe is working with the organisation PRAVAH to improve the access, delivery and quality of public services for 38,1000 people in four districts of Jharkhand state. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and reduces poverty and social exclusion by bringing together marginalised groups and local government to create greater transparency and accountability of employment, health and education services.
Nutrition: To reduce the extremely high levels of undernutrition in the Jharkhand state, Welthungerhilfe and its partners are tackling some of the underlying causes in a project funded by BMZ. This includes organising community nutrition camps to provide training on the identification, care and treatment of malnourished children as well as training in agriculture, natural resource management and WASH activities to increase the variety of food available and improve mother and child health.
Economic Development: Welthungerhilfe and its partners are working with small-scale farmers, producer groups and small and medium food retailers to contribute to sustainable local food systems. Small-scale farmers in producer organisations are supported in the process to gain organic certification, improve storing, processing and labelling of their products and create new market linkages to retailers and wholesalers.