The project aims to ensure that a number of poor, landless families can produce more food and/or earn a higher income.

While our partner Ahead Initiatives and their local partners show the way to do this through cultivation of for example, kitchen gardens, roadside plantings, plant forests and much more, the project is also working to involve local (municipal) authorities to take responsibility for granting money to support the poor.

The project has been through several phases and has been extended to areas in neighboring Orissa and Jharkhand states. The results have gradually gained recognition not only at the municipal level but also at the state level, which has now resulted in the state government of West Bengal joining as a partner and contributing extensive resources to the final phase of the project.

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New Pathways – Stories from the field

In this video you can meet the three women Mamoni, Dipti and Mona who live in the northern part of West Bengal. They all work as apprentices in Ahead’s food security project. Through neighborhood meetings, teaching, and practical handholding, they train women in their respective villages in various cultivation methods in order to make the poor families self-sufficient in food. The project has meant that local women can now feed their families with more varied diets while being able to sell part of the profits in local markets. In addition, Mamoni, Dipti and Mona have gained local respect and confidence, which they can use to encourage even more innovative projects to benefit themselves and their villages.