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On 7th January 2017, the distribution of the Energy Dense Food (EDF) was initiated in Mandaragi cluster, Galaga gram panchayat Devadurga taluk, and Raichur district. Our Village Nutrition Volunteer (VNV) approached the beneficiary (17 month old young child) household to supply first EDF packet. The mother of the young child was a little reluctant because she assumed this food would not be of good quality.
The rejection was not quite expected considering the fact that the organization had made attempts to sensitize the beneficiary households in the village about the EDF, its use, its importance, composition and benefits to the child. At the same time, her neighbor who is an Anganwadi worker saw our EDF packet and was delighted to approach us. She then explained about the importance of EDF to the mother recalling what she had learnt during the training provided as part of the ‘Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project’ by KHPT. She recalled that during the training she was oriented about the importance of nutrient dense food for the growth and brain development of children and that it is more or less equivalent to the commercial infant foods available in the market. As a result of the continued combined efforts of the Anganwadi worker and our VNV to promote the importance of EDF, the consumption of the same has been consistent in this household.
Name of the Village: Mandaragi cluster, Galaga gram panchayat
Name of the Block: Devadurga taluk, Raichur district