Food Justice campaign
01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
Food Justice campaign
01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
The proposed project is envisaged as continuation of the programme undertaken in the last year to fight out the food security issues for the poor and vulnerable groups through effective implementation of food security programmes, establishing community based monitoring systems, activating the grievance redressal systems, using RTI as an effective tool and advocating for proper implementation of the NFSA in Odisha. To fight out these issues, field-level monitoring through community based monitors/vigilance groups, fact finding visits, public hearing and social audit have been undertaken. The organisation has also undertaken a lot of advocacy efforts at state level like state consultation with policy makers on Implementation of National Food Security Act, engaging with media to highlight malnutrition and starvation issues, bringing together like-minded Civil Society Groups, Networks under one platform to fight out food security issues and through filing cases in NHRC, OHRC, NCPCR, OSCPCR, High Court etc.
The Right to Food Campaign (Oxfam India is partnering with Antodaya which is one of the member of the RTF campaign) will adopt multi-pronged strategy to address the issues relating to food insecurity of the poor and vulnerable Households in the project districts. A. RTI Act will be used to obtain the information about the failure of monitoring and grievance redressal mehanisms in different districts, status of the Anganwadi Buildings, kitchen sheds in schools, PDS systems and functioning and pension schemes. The information will be widely shared among the policy makers and mass media. B. Fact-finding visits will be conducted to expose implementation issues of the schemes and ineffectiveness of the monitoring and grievance redressal bodies, lack of resources and corruption and failure of grass-root monitoring mechanisms. C. Public hearing and social audit will be organised not only to sensitize the people about the issues but address the same with involvement of different stakeholders. D. Filing of Cases of violation of the guidelines and denial of food or violatio of Right to food of the children in NHRC, NCPCR, OSCPCR etc. E. Undertaking survey and preparing list of the vulnerable HHs remaining in hunger in 10 blocks of 10 districts. The list will be presented to Govt. to take special steps to address the problem. F. Writ Petitions will be filed in High Court on the issues of situation of vulnerable households, lack of own building of AWC and Kitchen shed in the schools. G. Advocacy effort like submission of Memorandum to appropriate authority and to MLAs to raise these issues in assembly, H. Campaign will be launched in media and in different forum about increase to implement the NFSA in the state of Odisha.
The RTF campaign this year will be functioning in a different mode. Rather than last year's approach of employing district coordinators, this year the campaign will operate through the network partners. In 10 districts there are 10 network partners who will be functioning as the nodal bodies and they will conduct the fact finding visits, file RTI, do regular monitoring of the food schemes, generate awareness and contribute to the state advocacy processes. The blocks/GPs and the villages are assigned to each of the network partners in each district. The network partners willwork in close coordination with the state Secretariate of the RTF campaign. The network partners are as follows: Kalahandi-Antodaya; The Humanity-Bolangir; CREFTA-Mayurbhanj, MANI-Kandhamal; RRO-Keonjhar; SVDO-Puri; Udyog-Cuttack; ABNER--Sambalpur; Harmony-Malkangiri; Sanchar-Nayagarh.
About the Project:
The broad objectives of the project are as follows.
a.To strengthen and streamline community monitoring mechanism for effective and transparent implementation of National food Security Act and food security programmes in selected blocks.
b.To continue dialogue on hunger, starvation, food security and agricultural issues through drawing attention of media, policy makers, civil Society leaders etc.
The broad activities under the project are:
The Right to Food Campaign in Odisha has been active in keeping a vigil on the food security schemes and whether they are benefiting the marginal communities. The RTF is also active through its network base in different districts on Odisha to gather evidences on the status of implementation of the National Food Security Act. They are also in constant dialogue with the relevant government departments for the proper implementation of the food security act and also food security schemes. The RTF Odisha is also actively using the RTI as a strong tool to address issues related to the non implementation of food security schemes. The campaign has also been proactive in promoting community volunteers and trained them on monitoring food security schemes, filing complaints with relevant government departments, filing RTI and provisions of the NFSA. The campaign also has conducted fact finding visits in 6 districts and have brought out a comprehensive report and shared with government departments. A memorandum based on the findings of the fact finding report has been shared with the chief secretary of Odisha. A case has also been filed with NHRC based on this fact finding report. The campaign has also developed user friendly IEC materials related to food security schemes like PDS, ICDS, MDM. A number of cases, issues relating to hunger, malnutrition, corruption, irregularities in MDM, ICDS has been highlighted in mass media by the campaign. RTF Odisha has also organized a Civil Society Consultation on Food Security organised during March 2014 with Networks/ leading NGOs working on food security. They have highlighted on organic farming and millet promotion in food security programmes. The campaign has also taken proactive stand during the Phailin and has brought out a report on implementation of government relief services and regular food security schemes in favour of Phailin affected communities in Ganjam district.
Results to be Achieved:
Prior Achievements: (2014-15)