The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is developing plans to integrate child nutritional goals with local agriculture to overcome malnutrition.
The plans are proposed by Archana Chitnis, minister of the Woman and Child Development department (WCD). She has urged the department of agriculture to help develop an integrated nutrients management system in association with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) farming training and development schemes.
It seems a no-brainer: grow the nutrients that healthy children need. The primary goal is to overcome child malnutrition, a chronic problem in Madhya Pradesh. Not only is this crucial to the health of future generations, but it will also have benefits for small-scale farming communities - both through training and the development of local markets. It could also boost the state's economy and food security.