Breaking the shackles of HUNGER – Process Documentation on the Orissa Household Food Security Project (1993 – 1998)

Posted In:    Process documentation    Delhi    United Nations Children’s Fund    India    UNICEF    Documentation    OHFSP    FARR    Agragamee NGO    Mahila Mandal    starvation    starvation deaths    agragamee    written    visual    logical strategies    English    Livelihood & Poverty    Orissa    2000   

The project (OHFSP) launched by the Government of Orissa and UNICEF was implemented by two local NGOs in 1993. The project derives logical strategies for the people under poverty line to combat the starvation deaths, by using the available resources in a challenging manner.

The project (OHFSP) started by the Government of Orissa in alliance with UNICEF was implemented by two NGOs. They are Friends Association for Rural Reconstruction (FARR) and the Agragamee respectively.

Though women produce the food and have access to food resources, various social, economic and cultural factors force them to a subordinate role in the society that their access to the food resources is very limited, leading to starvation and poverty deaths in various districts of Orissa.

The project advocates a series of interesting processes and community structures to ensure the people of food resources throughout the year and thus avoid starvation catastrophes. The long-term schemes and resolutions are planned to manage the available assets to combat the nature, in such a way that the people are accessible to the availability of food all the time.

The procedures ensure that the nutritional requirements of all the members of the family, throughout the year are fulfilled.
The New Concept Information Systems (NCIS), New Delhi, has taken to the task of documenting the project in both written and visual form (video documentation).

In order to understand the implementation processes, NCIS studied the plan of action and other relevant documents, interacted with NGOs and UNICEF. Based on the several secondary resource materials, NCIS planned a detailed methodology to understand the project processes.

For an “all inclusive”, comprehensive documentation, the team of NCIS visited Bhubaneswar in July 1998 to hold discussions with UNICEF – Orissa and the two NGOs (Agragamee & Farr) to arrive at a broad generalization of the methods of the project.
New Concept also designed and printed the document.


Unicef India website

Breaking the Shackles of Hunger document (not available at the moment)