India is home to nearly 195 million people who are chronically hungry. Rise Against Hunger India[RAHI] aims to end hunger by 2030, by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
Driven by its goal to promote food security, RAHI joins hands with ‘Ahinsa Club’ a not for profit operating in the drought prone District of Bargarh, in Western Odisha. Ahinsa club works towards the preservation of traditional knowledge regards to seeds and also acknowledged the importance of food security, nutrition and resiliency to climate change.
Since 2008, Ahinsa Club in collaboration with Desi BihanSurakshya Samiti is celebrating one of its kinds, Seed Biodiversity Festival ‘Desi BihanParav’ as the conservation approach with the farmers in its operational villages.
The unique event today, at Kharamal, Paikmal in Odishabrought various stakeholders to a common platform facilitating exchange of seed and the experience & knowledge system associated with it. This process has made to conserve around, 160 varieties of dry-land rice cultivars, 26 types of millets, 85 types of vegetables, 30 varieties of pulses, 5 types oil seeds and 12 tuber species through organically practiced in-situ cultivation. Around seven thousand farmerdelegates, agriculture scientists and renowned agricultural universities of India will be joining the one-day event.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Dola Mohapatra, Executive Director, Rise Against Hunger India said, “We are obliged to be associated with such a unique event. Such, initiatives helps us to move closer to our vision to end hunger by 2030. This event has brought the best brains relating to traditional farming and sustainable agriculture together. This will enable the farmers to learn recent developments in their field and will help them adapt to changing agrarian and climatic conditions.”
From past two years RAHI has been associated with Ahinsa club by supporting it’s initiatives towards sustainable agriculture, organic farming and also developing resiliency for climate change by training farmers on the same. RAHI also contributed toward the safe drinking water in fluoride affected areas and glucon D to community members during summer
Other than this RAHI is closely working on meal packaging programs for hunger affected areas across India to overcome this severe issue.