Community Health and Well-Being: Vital for Enhanced Quality of Life
In order to overcome the problems of lack of nutritious diet and specific micro-nutrient deficiencies, BAIF has established nutritious food corners “Nahari” and ensured distribution of special feed mix for children through the involvement of Self Help Groups.
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
A clean abode: For and Around Us
Sanitation initiatives include developing awareness about hygiene and sanitation activities such as use of smokeless ‘chullah’ (cooking stove), ensuring adequate light and ventilation, construction of compost and vermin-compost pits and recycling of domestic garbage and waste-water.
Health is Wealth
Improved health is both a precondition as well as an outcome of sound economic development. Preventable health problems tell on the well being of an individual. Poor health can dent savings and push a poor family deeper into poverty.
BAIF recognized this and took up various measures to improve community health resulting in improved quality of life for the rural poor.
Traditional healers make use of improved techniques while addressing the health problems of the rural and tribal communities.
Women Empowerment through various Thematic Programmes
Empowering the Hand that Rocks the Cradle: and the World…
Given the patriarchal backdrop prevailing in most Indian rural contexts, and the key role played by women in socio economic development, BAIF has adopted an inclusive approach by integrating women in all its development programmes.
Capacity building, micro enterprises and livelihood enhancement activities are carried out through the SHGs.
Gender sensitivity and special efforts for the involvement of women ensures their participation at the community level and enables them to act as agents of change.
Improved stoves, biogas, solar devices and energy plantations have helped to banish drudgery from the lives of poor rural women.
have been implemented,
increased from 24% to 54%.
Helping small-holders move up the value chain
The FPOs working on value chains, have been federated into a second-tier Farmer Producer Company – VAPCOL, which supports the member FPOs to link to financial institutions and access markets for fresh produce and various derivatives.
More details on VAPCOL, products marketed and ordering procedures can be accessed at www.vrindavan.co.in
The necessary back-end support structures viz: Research and Capacity Building required to fortify these core building blocks, were also put into place simultaneously.
A scientific approach combined with a simultaneous process that seeks community inputs and participation, has been the hallmark of the BAIF Approach.
Genetic improvement of native breeds
Body line measurement
Involvement of farmers in on-farm research
“Development without Research is outdated
and Research without Development is academic.
The two must go together as two sides of the same coin.”
– Manibhai Desai