60 Years of Indo-German Development Cooperation (2018 | Issue 2)

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One world No hunger India

India has had stable economic growth for years, but the positive effects have largely eluded the rural population. A high percentage of villagers in the country have to make do without their fair share of food. It is a very sobering fact that more people die from hunger worldwide than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined! Recognising that this needs to be urgently addressed, the German government came up with “One World, No Hunger”. What’s Up, Germany? takes a look at this special initiative which aims to beat hunger and malnutrition in Asia and Africa by 2030.

Tackling hunger is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing. But it is not an impossible task as long as everyone plays their part. In principle, the earth has the capacity to provide sufficient food for all, but many obstacles come in the way. Germany’s special initiative “Eine Welt ohne Hunger” (SEWoH), which in English means “One World, No Hunger”, seeks to right this wrong. This global programme focuses on promoting innovation in the farming sector, establishing fair land ownership and land use rights, training farmers and creating value chains.

Germany has supported numerous initiatives of the Indian government like the mission to double farmers’ income. Since 2014, it has provided €86 million to fight hunger in rural areas, where farmers are hit hardest by climate change. Welthungerhilfe is one of the German organisations implementing the “One World, No Hunger” initiative. Let’s take a quick look at some programmes.

Food and Nutrition Security

For our farmers, food security is far from a certainty. This programme’s objective is to improve the diet of women and children in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur and Chhatarpur districts. Working in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and local NGOs, Welthungerhilfe is imparting knowledge to women on dietary diversity and basic hygiene, so they can improve their children’s and their own lives. After all, happy women make for happy families! With this in mind, more than 2,900 anganwadi workers have been trained in 1,600 villages. These health workers, who are recruited by the Indian government, provide basic healthcare and nutrition advice to women of reproductive age. The 2,900 anganwadi workers have further trained 126,210 women in the age group of 15–24 in Madhya Pradesh, resulting in improved mother and child care as well as nutrition-sensitive farming. Over 5,900 families have grown their own nutrition gardens, ensuring easy access to vegetables.

Innovation Centres for the Agriculture & Food Sector

Germany is promoting better agricultural practices through green innovation centres in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The main goal is to develop value chains for tomatoes and potatoes, introduce technical innovations and create job opportunities through training courses at green colleges. So far, 11 green colleges have been opened in tribal areas. Rural youth get training in green trades, combining traditional wisdom with scientific techniques, to help them become “ecopreneurs” and have better access to technology, finances and markets. The green colleges offer courses in sustainable farming, animal husbandry, agro-food processing and solar lighting, which are certified by the Agriculture Skill Council of India. Until April 2018, around 20,000 young people had received training. More than 60 percent of them now have significantly higher incomes, improving their families’ food and nutrition security.