Voices of Change

Experience of growing micronutrient fortified wheat variety

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I am a marginal farmer with 6 acres of rainfed land; I also do lease farming on 4 acres of irrigated land. My family depends on farming. The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation started work on Farming System for Nutrition in the village from 2013. In the first year, I received Netravati – 4210 variety of wheat seed as a part of on farm trial on 1 acre. The next year (2014 – 15), I got 16 quintal production from 1 acre. Earlier I was cultivating Lok-1 variety; my cost of cultivation...

Benefit of fruit plants under nutrition garden

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
I was a member in the community nutrition garden in 2013 and I got inspiration to take up Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) activities. The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation provided me with saplings of amla, custard apple, papaya, sapota, mango, moringa, lemon, curry leaves and agati and gave technical guidance. I have no agriculture land and I work as an agriculture labourer on Mr. Sudhakar Mule’s farm land. With his permission, I planted the saplings on his farm and we share the...

Jackie-9218: a wilt resistant variety of Bengal gram for improved crop production

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
I am a small holder farmer and my household is dependent on agriculture. Earlier I used to cultivate Vijay variety of Bengal Gram. But due to lack of seed treatment, the crop was affected by wilt disease resulting in low production and I did not get the expected yield. In 2015-16, as part of the Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) study under LANSA, I got 20 kg of Jacki-9218 variety of Bengal Gram seed from the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation for sowing on one acre. This variety has...

Pulses for food and nutrition security

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is working in our village from 2013. They provided seeds like green gram, black gram, wheat, gram, red gram and linseed for cultivation on farms and vegetables like spinach, fenugreek, amaranths, shepu, coriander, chilly, tomato, brinjal, beetroot, radish, carrot, sweet potato, onion, green sorrel, ladies finger, cluster bean, cow pea etc. to grow in nutrition gardens. They started a community nutrition garden in our village, provided poultry, fodder...

Importance of Agati

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is promoting Farming system for Nutrition (FSN) in the villages. Community Resource Persons (CRP) were selected from the village and trainings were given on agriculture and nutrition to sustain the activity after the project ends. I was also selected for the training and now work as a CRP. I follow what I learn in the trainings and also tell other people. Name: Sarika Rajesh Ramteke Village: Bitpur, Block: Arvi, District: WardhaAge: 27...

Household Nutrition Garden

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
I work as an agricultural labour but after seeing the community nutrition garden and the backyard nutrition garden of households in the village, I felt like having my own nutrition garden. I got vegetable seeds from the Foundation and setup my garden in 2016-17. The area of my nutrition garden is 15cm x 8cm. My husband helps me in preparing the land and helps in watering the garden. The first year (2016-17), the vegetables were destroyed by field rats but I did not give up. I fenced the...

A calendar with nutrition messages

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
Under the Farming System for Nutrition study, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation organized various programmes, like National Nutrition Week, World Food Day and Global Handwashing Day in the Borgaon Gondi and also other villages. Through these programmes awareness was created among school children. A drawing competition was organized on various topics like personal hygiene, environment cleaning, importance of use of toilet, importance of fruits and vegetables in diet, iodized salt, vitamin A...


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This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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