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It’s all about Food Security 

National Nutrition Month, popularly known as Poshan Maah, is celebrated in September of every year to increase nutritional awareness about vital nutritional behavior, especially in girls, pregnant and lactating mothers, and family members. This also ties closely to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG Goal 1—End poverty in all its forms everywhere, and Goal 2—Zero hunger. 

With one-seventh of the world’s population, a majority of whom are dependent on agriculture, sustained growth of agriculture and allied activities is essential to achieve food security. The Krishi Jyoti Project, a partnership of S M Sehgal Foundation and Mosaic India Pvt. Ltd. started in 2008 from two villages in district Nuh, Haryana, has completed fourteen years and continues, reaching communities across 155 villages in Nuh, Alwar, and Prayagraj districts of Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

Community Connect

Promoting healthy nutritional behavior through anganwadi centers and community radio 

By Vikas Jha 

Activities during Nutrition Month enable all stakeholders to develop and learn the tools for the mobilization of communities, so that they can be continued through the year. Healthy nutrition behavior can be adopted by the community with regular awareness generation drives in the villages of India. Read more . . .

Upcoming Event

Workshop: Biosand Water Filter (JalKalp) Technology 

Nov 2325, 2022; S M Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram, Haryana 

Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is the basic need for leading a healthy and dignified life. S M Sehgal Foundation, India, in partnership with CAWST, Canada, is hosting a training workshop to build capacities on the biosand filter, an effective and sustainable household-level safe drinking water solution. Register Now! 

Month at a Glance

Award Ceremony: Plant Nutrition Research 
Mosaic India honored outstanding research in plant nutrition on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, under The Mosaic Company Foundation annual awards held at S M Sehgal Foundation. In its sixth year, the Best Doctoral Research award was presented by The Mosaic Company Foundation to individuals who demonstrate truly exceptional ability and originality of thought for contributions to the field of plant nutrition, along with the Young Scientist Award. Read more . . .

Finalist for Amazing Indian Awards 
S M Sehgal Foundation Trustee and CEO, Ms. Anjali Makhija, was chosen among the finalists of The Amazing Indians Awards 2022 in the rural development category. The team from Amazing Indians visited the intervention sites of S M Sehgal Foundation in Nuh and Alwar to see the on-the-ground work done and to interact with beneficiaries. Anjali has led the foundation team in various roles for over two decades. Her inspiring story will shortly be aired on Times Now.

Visit by World Food Prize Foundation 
Mr. Keegan Kautzky, senior director, Global Youth Programs and Partnerships at the World Food Prize (WFP) Foundation, visited the S M Sehgal Foundation office to understand the rural development work and look at future synergies. Sehgal Foundation hosts interns from the WFP from time to time. While in India, Keegan shared about his work and visited some watershed development and agriculture work done by Sehgal Foundation in rural villages. He shared his views on food security for the SMSF Connect podcast.

IIS Officer Trainees visit Community Radio 
A group of newly recruited Indian Information Officers, GOI, visited community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 on September 6, 2022, as a part of their training hosted at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. The Alfaz-e-Mewat team explained the role and functioning of community radio to the group, and they also interacted with the community listeners during a narrowcasting session on nutrition during Poshan Maah. Alfaz-e-Mewat has done extensive programming on nutrition during Nutrition Month.

FPOs hold board meetings 
Three Farmers Producer Companies in Kamasamudram, Budikote, and Kolar, Karnataka, conducted their Annual General Meetings (AGM) facilitated by S M Sehgal Foundation under Bolstering Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), a project supported by Walmart Foundation. In the meetings, the profit and loss of the financial year were shared with farmers and business development activities. The changes in the board of directors were discussed, along with future planning. How FPOs prove to be one of the most-effective strategies for increasing farmers’ advantage in emerging markets. Read more . . .

Presentations at Conferences and Training Events

Mr. Lalit Sharma, principal scientist, and Ms. Yashi Gautam, assistant program lead, presented a paper at the three-day international conference on "Climate Change Impact on Ecosystems: Mitigation and Adaptation," sharing about innovations on "Creating Freshwater Sources in Saline Aquifers" and "Combating Climate Change by Low-Cost JalKalp Biosand Filter". The conference was organized by the Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI), Hyderabad, from September 2224, 2022. A training was presented on JalKalp and MatiKalp in Buxar, Bihar for the WaterAid team and community leaders on September 2122, 2022.

Ms. Anjali Makhija, Trustee and CEO, presented in the panel on the Effectiveness of NGOs in India at Indian CSR Awards (Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon) where she highlighted the importance of 4Cs in making NGOs effective - community-driven approach, convergence, co-creation and organizational culture.

Mr. Salahuddin Saiphy, principal lead, Water Management at S M Sehgal Foundation shared his in-depth knowledge at the WishwaTalks on September 17, 2022, so we are better equipped to save our planet and the future.

Mr. Lalit Sharma, principal scientist, delivered the keynote address on Climate DialoguesNature Based Solutions Involving Rural Communities in TERI SAS, New Delhi, on September 5, 2022.

Featured Articles

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Tribal women farmers of the Dindori district have experienced tremendous learning about income enhancement opportunities for farming in India, writes Vikas Jha, principal lead, Local Participation, S M Sehgal Foundation. Read more . . .

Media in Development Communication, Governance Now 

New technologies have revolutionized the way messages are relayed, helping the voluntary sector deliver more effectively, writes Pooja O. Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development, S M Sehgal Foundation. Read more . . .



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Editorial Team: Arti Manchanda Grover, Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada

Contributors: Pooja O. Murada, Vikas Jha

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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