1. Research Based Interventions
A. Ghar Ghar Poshan- End Malnutrition
SHODH believes in Absolute 'Zero Hunger' and hunger related deaths. No one should go to sleep with hunger.
While working with communities, SHODH is working hunger and beyond as we understand the local community practices and promote good food and food that provides more nutrition. SHODH organizes cooking workshops where women can prepare low cost high nutrition food. While working with communities, we also work towards breaking the myths about various indigenous grains. This helps the community to understand the importance of nutrition and how they can make healthy food that can also taste better.
In the next phase of this project, we intend to work with micro-entrepreneurs who can play an important role in changing the bottom of the pyramid. This project will help the small and marginal grocery store owners/operators to source good and natural food, which will be available for the community for their easy accessibility.
B. Akshay Krishi- A Climate Smart & Sustainable Agriculture Project
The change in climate has had many devastating consequences, one of the most critical being farming livelihoods. The increase in temperature during farming season has a direct impact on the crop yield. Lack of rainfall leads to crop failures, increased debts and pushes the farmer further into the vicious cycle of poverty & debt. This has further lead to farmers committing suicides.
Climate Change refers to long-term changes in global and regional climates. It is about changes in the climate system as a whole, which affect the average pattern and intensity of climate phenomenon. It does not refer to day-to-day changes in the weather. These days however whenever we talk about climate change, we are referring to one type of climate change namely Global Warming.There are many issues relating and as a consequnce we face extreme weather, shrinking water resources, rise in sea-level, ecosystem changes, health, agriculture and food security.
SHODH is working with farmers in the difficult circumstances; mostly in the semi-arid regions where there is no/minimal rainfall. Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is one of the prominent draught prone districts of India. SHODH has been working with small and marginal farmers and motivating them to grow millets. Over the years the process of desertification has been taking place in large tracts of the district because of soil erosion and sand casting on the one hand, and mono-cropping, chemicalisation, deforestation, excess use of ground water on the other. The total forest cover in the district is less than 5% of the total area.
Why Millets: Millets need very little water for their production. Compared to irrigated commodity crops currently promoted by policy measures, millets require just around 25% of the rainfall regime demanded by crops such as sugarcane and banana. Thus, they do not burden the state with demands for irrigation or power. Millets are often growing on skeletal soils that are less than 15 cm deep. It does not demand rich soils for their survival and growth. Hence, for the vast dryland area, they are a boon. Millets can be grown on low fertility soils, in acidic soils and some on saline soils. Many of them are also grown to reclaim soils. Poor farmers especially in dry land India are owners of very poor lands. Much of the cultivable fallows and low fertility farms have been handed to them through the process of land reforms and the Jajamani system of Inam lands. The only crops that sustain agriculture and food security on these lands are millets. The fact that they can thrive under such conditions is a testimony to their hardiness and extraordinary capacity to survive.
C. Good Health
Under this theme SHODH is focusing on promotion of good health and well-being. We are working with communities to empower them to understand the goodness of good health and well-being. We are working on the behavior change in the areas of personal hygiene and safe drinking water. We promote good food in order to reduce morbidity and preventable expenditure on medical treatments and medications. Under the good health and well being theme, we also educate and empower the community and school children about disaster preparedness, medical emergencies, road safety and Internet safety.
2. Corporate Supported Projects (CSR):
A. CSR under section 135 (i) of Companies Act 2013
Companies with a comittment of "Giving back to society" help us achieve our objectives or an issue closer to their heart. It can be either supporting our ongoing work or strengthening an existing government system like a new school buiding for government school, drinking water facilities, healthcare activities for a specific target group, environment action by tree plantation drive or relief and rehabilitation during difficult times like flood, earthquake, etc.
B. Employee Engagement
Employee engagement is an unique way of creating awareness about the social issues among the people associated with corporate world. We design innovative and context specifice ways to engage the employees involving communities which also leaves an everlasting impact on the participants.
3. Social Research:
Research is in everything we do. We find innovative and practical solutions by diving deeper into the social systems and get the best of insights for agencies, which helps them plan and execute their plans.