Improving dietary diversity through introduction of Nutri-Food basket in tribal households of Adilabad, Mancherial, Komaram Bheem-Asifabad Districts of Telangana - Transitioning tribal households from nutrient deficient diets to diverse nutritional
Duration: 01/Jan/2017 - 31/Dec/2017
Project contact: Dr Saikat Datta Mazumdar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donor: Government department -national- state or local
The major objective of this project is to provide the tribal populations in three districts of Telangana with food products that supplement their existing diet with the aim of improving the dietary diversity and overall nutritional intake which in the long run shall facilitate in improving key nutritional parameters such as reducing underweight among children and improving the hemoglobin levels of the target population. As part of the project a Nutri-Food basket which provides additional energy, protein, fat and micronutrients from food products formulated using locally available millets and pulses shall be developed and provided. The nutri-food basket shall be provided to children, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls of the identified tribal households in Utnoor mandal of Adilabad, Tiriyani mandal of Komaram Bheem-Asifabad and Kasipet mandal of Mancherial with the aim of transitioning tribal households from a nutrient deficient diets to consumption of diverse nutritional foods. In addition, awareness of the tribal households on the need and benefits of diversified diets will be enhanced. Capacity and skills of local households and Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) staff will also be enhanced in the areas of nutrition, food processing and food safety as part of the project. The project shall be implemented in coordination with the Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Welfare and ITDA of the Government of Telangana.