On 18th February 2020, a state level advocacy workshop cum exposure visit was organised as part of the Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience project in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh. The event was organised with an objective to bring together key government officials of the state to secure the debate on nutrition security; and also showcase the efforts undertaken by the Anganwadi workers in promoting nutrition education through participatory learning and action (PLA) approach.
The event was presided over by Smt. Imarti Devi, Minister, Women and Child Development Department (DWCD), Govt. of MP, Shri Naresh Pal, Commissioner – DWCD, District Collector – Chhatarpur, and district programme officers from all 52 districts of the state. The one-of-a-kind event created a knowledge platform to share experiences and good practices undertaken by the various stakeholders in the state. The minister also released a video series on nutrition education undertaken by Anganwadi workers in the area.
During the exposure visit, the officials also visited eight villages of Chhatarpur district. They interacted at length with the local Anganwadi workers who showcased their work on promoting nutrition education in the villages through the use of PLA approach. They also witnessed the good practices on linking agricultural and WASH interventions with nutrition outcome in the area. Welthungerhilfe with support from GIZ and in collaboration with local NGO partners – Darshna Mahila Kalyan Samiti an Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram (MGSA) – has been working closely with the Anganwadi workers and the community to ensure correct and adequate nutrition to mothers and children in the area with an important focus on agriculture and WASH.