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AKSHAYA PATRA FOUNDATION & MONSANTO FUND PARTNER TO STRENGTHEN NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR GOVERNMENT’S MID DAY MEAL PROGRAM


18 Oct, 2010
Established farming infrastructure to provide nutritional vegetables for the Mid-Day Meal program catering to 1,400 government schools in Jaipur. Partnership to positively impact more than 150,000 students, thus fostering education.


Akshaya Patra Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization, which runs the world's largest school-meal program has partnered with Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto – a leading agriculture company, to strengthen nutritional support for the Government’s Mid-day Meal program in Jaipur. This partnership enables establishing farming infrastructure to provide nutritional vegetables for the Mid-Day Meal program for 1,400 government schools in Jaipur. More than 1,50,000 students will benefit from this initiative.

Nutritional deficiency among children is a cause for concern nationwide. According to some studies, 40% of children in India are malnourished. Children need the right nutrition in their most formative years to help them grow both - physically and mentally. This synergetic partnership combines Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mission to ensure that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger and Monsanto’s core agriculture expertise to help children fulfill their nutritional needs and help address food security.

R. Govinda Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Rajasthan said, "Our partnership with Monsanto Fund takes forward our vision of ‘Unlimited Food for Education’. Malnutrition is a critical problem in our society today and strengthening the Mid Day Meal Program is one way to ensure our children have the best nutrition available, which in turn encourages and maintains school enrolment and education. We are very happy to partner with Monsanto Fund on this important project.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Gyanendra Shukla, Director - Monsanto (India) said, “At Monsanto, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) stems from our Pledge - the Company values that guide the way we conduct business and measures progress in key areas of community development. Our focus continues to be on improving people’s lives by raising awareness on nutritional improvement and by sharing best practices in agriculture. Our partnership with Akshaya Patra Foundation, is yet another community development initiative enabling us to apply innovation, expertise and partnership towards sustainable agriculture and betterment of communities.”

As part of this pilot initiative, vegetable infrastructure spread across 15 acres of fertile land near Govindgargh, Jaipur will be set up to enable cultivation of over 30,000 kilograms of carrot, beetroot, brinjal, okra, among others. With intention of providing varieties of nutritious vegetables even during off seasons Solar Dehydrating plants have been installed which facilitate storage of vegetables for out of season periods, training of local farmers and exposure visits of the children benefitted. Green houses have been set up to allow cultivation of vegetables that need special agronomic conditions like Broccoli, Kethdi, Capsicum, Strawberry, Red Cabbage, amongst others. Vermi compost is also set up so that manures are produced within the garden. 

For more information please contact
 
Mr. Harish Chandra Trivedi: 9828034500 / 9799434500 

For more information please contact  
Mr. Harish Chandra Trivedi: 9828034500 / 9799434500