Monsanto’s “School Nutrition Project” benefits over 14,000 students

11/15/2017

Ahmedabad, November 15, 2017: In 2015, Monsanto tied up with Akshaya Patra, a not-for-profit organization, for its CSR initiative – "School Nutrition Project". Today, after completion of two years, this project has benefitted over 14,000 students across the city.

As a part of its CSR policy, Monsanto identifies under-privileged and economically weaker sections of the society and contributes to their growth and development. The "School Nutrition Project" is presently being run in 136 schools across Ahmedabad in areas like Aajol, Badpura, Dhanot, Ellisbridge, Gandhinagar, Indrapura, Lodra, Rupal, Sugad and Vihar.

The "School Nutrition Project" aims to address the predominant problem of malnutrition in children in their formative years, which is due to lack of access to nutritious food and awareness on importance of nutrition in the daily diets. This project ensures that school going students benefit from nutritious meals in their formative years. In addition, Monsanto has also distributed hygiene kits to students and facilitated constitution of WASH (Water Adequate for Sanitation & Hygiene) Councils. These councils promote hygiene practices and create awareness for reducing health issues.

Dhanalakshmi Ramachandra, CSR & Sustainability Lead, Monsanto India said, "Through the ‘School Nutrition Project’, we are committed to deliver long-lasting solutions and promote a positive social change. Nutrition and education are closely linked. Well-fed children can concentrate and learn better at school. Hence, our nutrition project is very relevant as it ensures that under-privileged children are not only provided a balanced meal but are also educated about personal and community hygiene."

Since the inception of the ‘School Nutrition Project’ in 2015, school managements in Ahmedabad have observed steady growth in school enrollment and attendance.

In line with the thematic focus, Monsanto runs two CSR programmes i.e. SHARE and DISHA. Under SHARE, the company aims at building capabilities of small and marginal farmers by providing them access to rich agricultural information and training aimed at enhancing sustainable agriculture practices. Under DISHA, Monsanto’s efforts are directed towards Health, Nutrition and Education. Primarily focused on women and children, the projects under this programme aim to impact the rural communities by providing impetus to – primary education, access to drinking water, sanitation facilities, reducing rural hunger and promoting women’s empowerment.

Over the last couple of years, this project has impacted the lives of children of poor and marginalized communities in Ahmedabad. The mid-day meal has not only ensured delivery of nutritious food to needy children but has also helped in securing their regular school attendance. This project will end in 2018.

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