Bhavani R V

Bhavani R V
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | FAO · Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Doctor of Philosophy

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Background An ongoing action research nutrition literacy programme based on Freire’s approach of raising critical consciousness through the use of dialogue as a pedagogic tool is being implemented as part of a nutrition sensitive agricultural intervention in tribal Odisha. One hundred and eight adults, referred to as Community Hunger Fighters (CHFs...
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Food based approach can prove effective in improving access and availability of nutrients from foods required for daily life where most of the people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. A study on feasibility of Farming Systems for Nutrition (FSN) approach was undertaken from 2013 to 2018 in a few villages of Koraput district, Odisha state...
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Farming is the main livelihood of a majority of people in India. The country is also home to a large population of undernourished people. This indicates potential for mainstreaming the nutrition dimension in the farming system to impact on nutrition outcomes. A Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) study was conducted in two agro-ecologically differen...
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This report is a documentation of endline survey results of the Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) study under LANSA in Wardha, Maharashtra and Koraput, Odisha in 2017-18.
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Abstract: This article concerns the role of the state and the private sector in addressing Sustainable Development Goal 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. We critique the ‘food environment’ focusing on the strategies and policies of the public and private sectors which shape...
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In nutrition insecure regions of rural India, farming system with focus on nutrition (or FSN) can prove effective in improving access and availability for nutrient intake. In 2017, a few villages in Koraput district, Odisha and Wardha district, Maharashtra were involved to increase their crop diversity, intercropping of pulses and cereals, promotio...
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The Covid19 pandemic should be seen as a wake-up call for humanity, to reflect, rethink and redesign food systems that are safe, healthy, sustainable, and beneficial to all. This crisis has disrupted food supply chains, affecting lives and livelihoods. Hunger and malnutrition is expected to increase and the poor and vulnerable will suffer the most....
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Cotton harvesting is a laborious task performed mostly by women farm workers. Farm Science Centre, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, Maharashtra has designed cotton harvesting bags as per standard anthropometric measurements. The ergonomically designed bag is ready to use and promotes ease in tying, picking, load carrying and emptying...
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Whither Rural India? Political Economy of Agrarian Transformation in Contemporary India A Festschrift for Venkatesh Athreya Edited by A. Narayanamoorthy, R. Sujatha, R.V. Bhavani Hardback 9788193732960 Tulika Books New Delhi, 2019 Language: English xxii+242 pages 6.25 x 9.5 inches Price INR 950.00 ADD TO CARTView CartJoin BookClub Book Club P...
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The challenge to food production posed by climate aberrations has been seeing increased attention to reviving millet-based farming systems. Millets are climate-resilient and nutritionally equivalent or superior to most other cereals, making them a favourable crop to address the prevalence of malnutrition. Finger millet (Eleusine coracana) is among...
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The paper reviews the evidence of agriculture-nutrition linkages with particular reference to South Asia from studies published during the period 2012-2018. South Asia houses the largest population of undernourished people in the world and a majority of the population in the region is dependent on agriculture and allied activities and live in rural...
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Background: Farming system for Nutrition (FSN) is an intervention study conducted in two agro-ecologically different locations under the research programme on “Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia” in India. This paper examines whether nutrition garden intervention along with nutritional awareness addresses household micro-nutrient in...
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Research on the potential impact of interventions in agriculture on nutrition outcomes is of particular relevance in South Asia where agriculture-related activities are a major source of livelihoods for large sections of society and where the population suffers from one of the highest global burdens of malnutrition in all its forms. This systematic...
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Despite significant improvements over recent decades, rates of undernutrition remain high in South Asia, with adverse impacts on morbidity and mortality. Overweight/obesity, among children and adults, is now an additional and major public health concern. While agriculture has the potential to improve nutrition through several pathways, this potenti...
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Despite rapid economic growth, undernutrition rates in South Asia remain among the highest in the world. It is also seen that both rural and urban populations in developing countries are increasingly dependent on markets for food. This makes examining the potential of different agri‑food models to deliver nutritious foods relevant. This article exa...
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Background and objectives: Dietary diversity plays a critical role in infants as they need energy and nutrient dense foods for both physical and mental development. This study examines whether three dietary diversity indices validate against Nutrient Adequacy Ratio (NAR) and Mean Adequacy Ratio (MAR) and studies the relationship of dietary diversi...
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Dietary diversity is associated with household or individual food availability and intake of nutrients from different food groups and is an important component of nutritional outcome. This study examined the Nutrient Adequacy Ratio (NAR) and the Mean Adequacy Ratio (MAR) of three dietary diversity indices and their relationship with the nutritional...
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Agriculture is the predominant livelihood for 70 % of the population living in rural India, and food expenses occupy a major proportion of their household budget. Rural household diets suggest that agricultural growth has contributed to increasing calorie intake with very minimal effect on the intake of protein and micronutrients. This in turn caus...
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Dietary Diversity, with foods from all food groups is necessary to meet the requirements for essential nutrients which lead to good health. This study examines whether different dietary diversity indices have relationship with the nutritional status of school children aged 6 to 12 years, in two different regions of India: Wardha district, Maharasht...
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Background: Anaemia and vitamin A deficiency (VAD) are major micronutrient deficiencies that affect 30% of the world’s population and 250 million preschool children respectively. Methodology: This study examines whether dietary diversity score (DDS) ensures micronutrient adequacy and its relationship with blood haemoglobin levels and serum retinol...
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The World Bank lists India as one of the countries with high level of malnourished children. Malnutrition among children below 5 years continues to be one of India’s major human development challenges. An understanding of the dimensions of the problem is necessary for undertaking appropriate intervention programs in a community. Wardha district in...
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Iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent form of micronutrient deficiency in India. According to NFHS-3 (2005-06) report, adolescence in India goes hand in hand with iron-deficiency anemia and now even boys too are falling prey to the disease. It has also reported a disturbing presence of anemia in pregnant and lactating women. A Farming System...
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All the households in 8 villages (822 households) of Wardha, Maharashtra and 11 villages (921 households) in Koraput, Odisha were purposively selected for the study. Dietary Diversity Index (Berry's Index) Data on frequency of food consumed was collected from all households for a reference period of one month during three time periods of the year....
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A recent global hunger index indicated a 12 percent decline in child underweight rates. This study attempts an empirical explanation of the factors that influence child underweight rates at the district level. Agricultural land productivity, share of women educated above the secondary level and participating in work, maternal, and child health seem...
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The World Bank lists India as one of the countries with high level of malnourished children. Malnutrition among children below 5 years continues to be one of India’s major human development challenges. An understanding of the dimensions of the problem is necessary for undertaking appropriate intervention programs in a community. Wardha district in...
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Despite impressive gain in agricultural production and greater availability of food, a large population in India is suffering from nutritional imbalance. Improvements in total agricultural production leading to nutritive food would help combat under nutrition. To demonstrate the feasibility of agriculture based remedy to malnutrition, five villages...
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Despite impressive gain in agricultural production and greater availability of food, a large population in India is suffering from nutritional imbalance. Improvements in total agricultural production leading to nutritive food would help combat under nutrition. To demonstrate the feasibility of agriculture- based remedy to malnutrition, five village...
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Agriculture is the primary livelihood of a majority of the population in South Asia. The region also houses a large population of undernourished people. The farming system for nutrition (FSN) model envisages developing and demonstrating a sustainable framework of farming to improve nutritional outcomes that can be used for upscaling and wider adopt...
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Food and nutrition security are intimately interconnected, since only a food based approach can help in overcoming malnutrition in an economically and socially sustainable manner. Food production provides the base for food security as it is a key determinant of food availability. This paper deals with different aspects of ensuring high productivity...
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The Bank-SHG Linkage Model of credit linkage in India is acknowledged as the largest such initiative in the developing world and is seen as a viable model for financial inclusion of the unreached. The total number of SHGs linked to banks stood at 74.62 lakhs as on 31 March 2011, with a savings amount of Rs.7016 crore and loan outstanding of Rs. 312...
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Most developing countries have adopted neo-liberal policies since the late 1980s, in the hope of accelerating development. This has been accompanied by a clear shift in the approach of the state to agriculture and rural development. A large section of the population in these countries, however continue to be rural and dependent on agriculture and a...
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In the present study, fruits of brinjal or eggplant (cv. Pattabiram) were stored in cool chambers at room temperature. Three different levels of water (100, 75 and 50 litres per day) were added through drip irrigation system to moisten the sand in the cool chamber. The physiological loss in weight and rotting percentage increased at room temperatur...
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In the present study, brinjal or eggplant (cv. Pattabiram) was stored in cool chamber at room temperature. Three different levels of water (100, 75 and 50 litres per day) where drip-irrigated to moisten the sand in the cool chamber. The physiological loss in weight and rotting percentage increased at room temperature, but decreased with increasing...

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How can South Asian agriculture and related food policies and interventions be designed and implemented to improve their impacts on nutrition?