Odisha Pushti Mahotsav: 25L Women SHG members leading era of nutritional enlightenment in 25K villages

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to fortify nutritional knowledge in the hinterland of the state, the Odisha Livelihoods Mission (OLM), Mission Division Shakti, celebrated the “Odisha Pushti Mahutsav Week – across 2500 gm panchayats in the state. Mahotsav celebrates this by promoting a nutrition garden leading to the promotion of nutritional diversity and knowledge Nutrition of rural communities in Odisha.

“Mahotsav” was organized in a campaign from 6 to 12 December 2021 in partnership with Azim Premji Foundation (APF), Department of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

According to the latest study by Oxfam India, the MUB program has successfully promoted 4,74,000 feed gardens. About 4,70,000 women from self-help groups were trained to adopt positive health and nutrition practices through the PLA-LANN process. Approximately 11,704 community staff were trained to support rural families to adopt nutrition gardens and practices. The program has received several awards including the 2019 Outlook Poshan Award in the ‘Safe and Nutritious Food’ category. Mo Upakari Bagicha is one of the best practice of Mission Shakti management and is now being implemented in other states like Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

smt. Sujata R Karthikeyan (IAS), Commissioner and Secretary, Mission Division Shakti said, “Odisha Pushti Mahotsav is a community-led celebration that reflects the growing food outcomes in every Odisha village. It is a pleasure to see how communities across Odisha have embraced the Mo Upakari Bagicha” as their own initiative”.

Ms. Mansi Nimphal (IAS), CEO of OLM, said, “Odisha Bashti Mahutsav as India’s largest nutrition festival highlights how every rural family in the state is now nutritionally literate. With Mo Upakari Bagicha in every backyard, you will now get Every family is on a nutritionally balanced diet all year round.

Ms. Sabita Bada, a member of Daretri SHG from Jujomara Block, Sambalpur District said, “The rural communities welcome this effort by the Government of Odisha with great enthusiasm. It enhances and strengthens nutrition knowledge at the grass-roots level. After learning about the importance of eating 10 food groups (pulses) grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, meat, eggs, fish, green leaves, vegetables, etc.), families in their village diversified the daily food dish.

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