India has the highest absolute number of poor people. A large part of this constitutes rural poverty and small farmers. This being said, nearly one in four farmers in India live below the poverty line. Agriculture is the source of income for most Indian populations, contributing to at least 1/6th of the national income and helping maintain food security within the country. The development of the agriculture sector could be a massive step toward reducing poverty in India.

The agricultural sector employs over 50% of the Indian population, and 70% of the Indian rural population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. By virtue of this, the productivity growth in the agriculture sector is indicated to have the most sweeping impact on poverty reduction (approximately two times that of manufacturing). Recognizing this, the Humanity Welfare Council has initiated Project Srishtipath to focus on helping with providing security to farmers for their produce and, at the same time, ensuring food security for the country. It also incentivizes the desired cropping pattern, helping increase farmers' income. Empowering and mainstreaming the rural workforce in agriculture can bring a paradigm shift toward economic growth, enhancing food and nutrition security and alleviating poverty and hunger. It's a huge step toward reaching Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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Childhood malnutrition is a significant public health concern worldwide as it contributes to impaired mental and physical growth and is a significant cause of child morbidity and mortality. Around 3.5 million children die yearly from malnutrition, increasing the global disease burden by 11%. 

Malnutrition is associated with lower levels of education that decrease economic productivity and leads to poverty. Malnutrition contributes to children's morbidity and mortality, and the situation undermines India's economic growth and development. The global burden of malnutrition continues to be unacceptably high amid social and economic growth, including in India. Therefore, identifying the factors associated with childhood malnutrition and poverty is necessary to stop the vicious cycle of malnutrition leaded poverty.

The Humanity Welfare Council has initiated the much-needed project, Project Foodline, to battle the hunger situation in our country. We tirelessly work beyond hours and relocate to places away from families to serve bread to disadvantaged people of India. We set up community kitchens with high-quality measures and proper nutrition checks on the food. Our main objective is to provide a nutritious meal to everyone and not let anyone sleep on an empty stomach. 

Project Foodline will be the biggest hope for these poor people to have a proper meal in a day without compromising on money and nutrition. This community kitchen relieves working laborers who hustle every morning to make tiffin before they rush to work. This project implements nationwide systematic measures to prevent poverty and malnutrition. 

How does Project Foodline work?

  • Initially, we established a community kitchen in Noida. Packages of home-cooked food, including dal, sabzi, rice, or chapati, and salad with less oil and spices, were packed and kept in the kitchen. Our quality control team checks these packages for food items' nutritional value and validity. After approval from the team, food is placed in the community kitchen. This project will also employ many people who cook and handle the kitchen.
  • With this success, we will be moving forward with the launch of software where people can contact us in case of an abundance of food left during events. Our quality control van will go and check the quality and validity of food. After a successful check, they will bring food to our community kitchen.
  • This kitchen will be open for all to come and grab a healthy meal whenever they are hungry. Such kitchens help to create democratic spaces in our deeply divided society. Sharing a meal with people from diverse backgrounds fosters a spirit of togetherness and creates a feeling of belongingness. We will slowly move towards opening more such community kitchens all over India.