The project will set up kitchen gardens for 2,040 extremely poor and vulnerable families in Rajasthan to help them keep hunger and malnutrition at bay during the pandemic. Women will be trained and empowered to manage these kitchen gardens. We have already trained 1,895 families with food security during the second deadly wave of the pandemic as it became clear that if Covid didn't kill them, hunger would. This concept has proved to be sustainable and has a high impact.
The second wave of COVID 19 attacked India with unprecedented fury. While hundreds of thousands died, millions faced acute food shortages and hunger. The common refrain was "if COVID didn't kill them, hunger would". Women and children, especially girls were worst affected. The immediate and most urgent need is to provide families with a means to achieve food security and thus fight the long term effects of malnourishment. The aim is also to make families self-reliant and live a life of dignity.
iPartner India is committed to empowering women to become self-reliant. The pandemic affected everyone but affected the incomes of poor families the most. Thousands went hungry during the first wave of the pandemic. As a solution, we trained women from 1895 families to set up kitchen gardens. These could be easily maintained on a small patch of land with basic training. Women were able to produce organic vegetables which they used and sold the excess vegetables grown to achieve sustainability.
We envisage the Kitchen gardens concept having multiple long term impact on women and their families. 1) The first almost immeasurable impact is the prevention of hunger-related deaths and an increase in nutrition levels with the consumption of healthy and organic vegetables. 2) Women will have an alternate source of income from selling the surplus. 3) Financial inclusion training on Savings and setting up bank accounts and training on reinvestment of surplus funds for long term sustainability.