“To eliminate hunger in India by 2030.”
There are 189.2 million people who are undernourished in India. Despite sufficient food production and tremendous economic growth, we are yet to address the challenge of eliminating hunger in India.
The vision of IFBN is to provide nutritional food to the food insecure in the short term and help transform lives. IFBN needs to have a minimum of one food bank in every district of India by 2030 and going forward this has to be extended to all Blocks and Panchayats. India is committed to inclusive growth and we cannot take pride in inclusive growth if we cannot eliminate hunger. We have enough surplus food, enough capacity to grow more food; at the same time many of our people in the country go hungry due to inadequate logistics, information, knowledge, and delivery systems. In eliminating hunger, Information Communication Technology Infrastructure (ICT) can play a significant role. It is time to really use technology in a very different way to handle problems related to hunger and food waste. Expertise from many countries related to logistics, information technology, management, organizations, and structures can contribute a lot towards eradication of hunger and food waste from India. We can collectively go out to the nation and say that we will indeed eliminate hunger in India together by 2030 highlighting that the tools that we have today provides the opportunity of even more hope than ever before. The growth we look for should result in inclusive growth and growth for the people at the bottom of the pyramid and must eliminate hunger for millions of the people in our country. I invite all to work together for the India FoodBanking Network with a hope to begin this journey together and help eradicate hunger in India by 2030. There is a need to have a food bank in each district. IFBN is not being highlighted as the only solution, but the idea is to have many people participating and joining hands in different ways.
Focus on tackling hunger and malnutrition in India
Food Security Foundation India under its flagship programme - India FoodBanking Network (IFBN) addresses the issues of hunger through a network of FoodBanks. We have a vision to eliminate hunger in India by 2030 by establishing a strong and efficient network of FoodBanks throughout the country, so that every district has access to at least one Food Bank.
India FoodBanking Network (IFBN) aims to bring together the government, private sector, and NGOs efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition in the country. IFBN is establishing a network of transformational Food Banks to systematically capture food from donors and channelize it to the institutional feeding programs. The network is a multi-stakeholder partnership of corporate sector, government, leading development agencies, and local communities who partner and contribute to sustain the food banking movement in India.
IFBN thus acts as a platform for aggregation and effective deployment of India’s existing resources of food, funds, infrastructure, technology, spirit of volunteerism and culture of feeding to address the problem of hunger. In addition to supporting feeding institutions and strengthening delivery systems, IFBN is also raising awareness and providing information on best practices from around the world regarding regulatory support that creates an environment conducive to giving food.
Linking prevention of food waste to providing access to food
Excess packaged food and grains on the shelves and warehouses of food industry is worth millions. But good quality food is wasted and disposed off because of short remaining shelf life.
India FoodBanking Network offers a food management solution for excess food inventory and helps food businesses to timely save this surplus food products to feed those in need. IFBN supports the recovery of this surplus inventory of good quality packaged food from food industry and connects it safely to Not for Profit organisations to feed those in need within the best before date of the products.
“IFBN connects surplus inventory of packaged food and grains from food companies to feed those in need, especially children.
This saves food and resources that went into production of food from going waste.
It also frees up valuable warehousing space and saves financial and environmental costs of disposal for the food companies.
Food companies build a brand image as socially responsible and
Schedule VII to the Companies Act 2013 lists eradication of Poverty, Hunger and malnutrition as an eligible CSR activity” Vinita Bali, Independent Director, Strategic Advisor.
Prioritizing Food Security and Nutrition
Adequate food and nutrition is the foundation for a healthy and productive life and the basic pre-requisite for all other interventions in the areas of health, education and skill building. IFBN is therefore also helping corporates to prioritize food security and nutrition and to use the resources earmarked for CSR initiatives to fund nutritious meals to children in schools. The donations are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.
Impact: “A daily in-school hot nutritious meal provided to the students throughout the year will provide vital nourishment, help keep children in school and improve growth and learning outcomes.” Siraj Chaudhury, MD and CEO, National Commodities Management Services Limited.
As a national FoodBanking Network with a vision of Zero Hunger, India FoodBanking Network is developing a strong and efficient network of Food Banks throughout the country.
The key tenets of our strategy are:
- Facilitate creation of FoodBanks in various communities in India to systematically capture and distribute food to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
- Develop partnerships for procurement of food. Support and strengthen FoodBanks by connecting them to resources of food.
- Support FoodBanks to develop efficient and safety processes in the collection and distribution of food.
- Develop efficient monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure effective, transparent and equity-inclusive delivery of food to reach those in need.
- Promote FoodBanks to emerge as community spaces addressing various issues of nutrition, health, hygiene, food waste and development.
- Promote decentralized, flexible and community based locally responsive strategies and models.
- Undertake advocacy among various stakeholders to encourage greater involvement.
- Create awareness and undertake advocacy to find long term solutions to hunger and reduce the need for food banks.