Organic Kitchen Garden
A study by the International Food Policy Research Institute revealed that in rural India, close to 76% of the people cannot afford a nutritious diet. Although most rural Indians are farmers and make a living with agriculture as their main occupation, their wages are not enough to provide them with nutritious food.
The lack of adequate nutrition has led to several health problems and severe cases of malnutrition can be seen among all age groups. In an effort to help rural Indians gain adequate nutrition and live a healthy lifestyle, the Kitchen Garden Project is needed to be implemented.
THE STRUGGLE FOR BASIC NUTRITION
India recognized that the rural residents could not afford an adequate quantity of food and enough vegetables for nutrition even if they spent their entire income on food. There are two main problems that we saw in rural India:
The cost of vegetables and healthy ingredients are too high for people to afford. As most of the rural Indians work as farmers or in agricultural fields, their minimum wages are inadequate to feed their entire family and keep their farming business afloat.
A solution to these problems is the Kitchen Garden Project so we want to pilot this project in 2 blocks of Ranchi district and then replicate the same in other blocks and districts too.
HEALTHY LIVING WITH THE KITCHEN GARDEN PROJECT
The main aim behind the Kitchen Garden Project is to help rural Indians get adequate nutrition every day and find a means to increase their income to afford it. The kitchen Garden Project will begin by helping the people find space in their home yards to cultivate basic vegetables that could be used in their everyday diet.
ICFG (Institute of Community Forest Governance) teams will educate the people to grow vegetables organically that have good nutritional values. We will teach the people about the techniques and methods to cultivate the plants so that yield is good and healthy.
These are some activities that ICFG will carry out to encourage the Kitchen Garden Project:
The Projects primary aim is to help families grow their own vegetables to get adequate daily nutrition. But if the families start to see a surplus in their produce, ICFG will help the beneficiaries find the better market for the surplus produce.
We will set up mechanisms to track the list and quantity of the vegetables harvested by the beneficiary and the net worth of the vegetables cultivated in each village.
The beneficiary families will not only eat healthy but they will also harvest enough vegetables to sell to others and earn more income. The beneficiary families will inspire more people in their villages to establish Kitchen Gardens.