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Science and Technology [Paper-II]: Public Health and Community Medicine, Health Care


Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) along with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK).

About the Scheme

  • It is a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones for better nutritional outcomes.
  • It aims at reducing malnutrition through a multi-sectoral results-based framework, including agriculture, among women and children across the country.
  • It seeks to promote healthy dietary practices and tackle under-nutrition in a sustainable manner.
  • The initiative will be built on an essential understanding of social, behavioural and cultural practices that promote and reinforce healthy dietary behaviours both at the individual and community level.
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development has collaborated with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the project.

Key Highlights

  • At the request of the Ministry of WCD, the Harvard Chan School of Public Health through its India Research Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will document and evaluate promising regional dietary practices and the messaging around them and develop a food atlas on regional agro-food systems.
  • The project team will select around 12 high focus states which are representative of the geographical, social, economic, cultural and structural diversities of India.
  • In each of the states or group of states, the team will identify a local partner organization which has relevant work experience in Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and nutrition for developing the food atlas.

Need for the Scheme

  • Government of India’s efforts towards better nutrition has revolved around providing nutritional supplement and other supply side schemes.
  • However, two other approaches are required to complement the Government’s efforts to promote healthy dietary practices.
  • One, addressing the challenge of malnutrition at such a vast scale requires a basic understanding of the social, behavioral and cultural practices that promote and reinforce healthy dietary behaviours, both at the individual and community level including the variation in such practices across India.
  • Two, creating the first ever data base that links relevant agro-food system data at the district, with an aim to map the diversity of native crop varieties that will be more cost-effective and sustainable over the long run.

[Source: PIB, All India Radio]


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