Newsletter|January 2016
First harvest of French Beans in Nexus pilot site in Beedi Workers' Colony, January 22, 2016
Finally, we have our first harvest of French Beans from BWC pilot site with the yield of 12 kilograms from two plots each of 16 square meter size.The Nexus Project aims at supplementing the diet with nutrient-rich food in the mid-day meals distributed among Anganwadi children (up to 5 years of age)in the community.
Distribution to Anganwadi and to community members, January 22, 2016
We have distributed this harvest to Anganwadi School and among other needy households. This was done in collaboration with the Beedi Colony Association member Mr. Pasha, who identified such households, for e.g. widows and other poor families.
Agricultural produce cooked in Anganwadi Kitchen, January 22, 2016
After the distribution to the local Anganwadi School, the team members captured the beans being cooked in the kitchen with the mid-day meals and served to the children. This Anganwadi has around 45 children enrolled where the mid-day meals are cooked everyday with different menu options. These children are also the target group of the pilot project being implemented in Beedi Workers' Colony.
Integrated Pest Management Practices at the Pilot Site, January 2016
Thanks to our active project team members, including our agriculture professionals Subodh, Girija, Susanne and our field assistant, Shivareddy who managed to control the pest infestation in different crops by using bio-pesticides.
Monitoring and Farm Management @ BWC, January 2016
This time we have successfully reused in the plot the treated and tested wastewater from the existing DEWATS. Different crops have been irrigated with the treated wastewater according to its water and nutrient demand.
EcoSan based interventions by Project Partner, EcoPro in Auroville, January 2016
The partner organisation, EcoPro, has been implementing the project in three locations in Tamil Nadu- Kalrayani Hills, Boodheri in Tindivanam district and in local village schools in Auroville. Much Progress has been made with completion of baseline studies as well as discussion with local administration, important for scaling up the EcoSan based interventions in these areas.
Presentation on Nexus Approach in a National Summit, 7-8, January 2016
The project team members, Ms. Girija and Ms. Susanne, presented Nexus Approach of 'Closing the sanitation, agriculture and nutrition loop through reuse of human waste' in the National Summit on Sustainable Water & Sanitation, held on 7th and 8th in Bengaluru.
The Faecal Connection Poster, January 4, 2015
This illustration shows the pathways through which transmission of harmful pathogens takes place from faeces to food consumed. Such contamination is one of the primary reasons for diseases such as diarrhea, further leading to under-nourishment among those living in poor sanitation and hygiene situation. As explained in this poster, there are a number of first-level and second-level restrictions in water, sanitation and hygiene practices needed to control such faecal contamination of water and other food.
Nutrition Assessment Training by Dr. B. Ramakrishna Goud, December 23, 2015
This training was organised to enhance the skills of project team with respect to assessing under-nourishment among children from 0-5 and 6-14 years of age. Since the project involves improving the nutrient supply to Anganwadi children, this training also involved a practical session on applying the assessment tools on field for children. The team is now involved in analysing the data for all Anganwadi children in Beedi Workers' Colony.

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