“To eliminate hunger in India by 2020.”
There are 194.6 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 2020 and going forward this has to be extended to all Blocks and Panchayats." Mr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Advisory Board
"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. Expertise from many countries related to logistics, information technology, management, organizations, and structures can contribute a lot towards eradication of hunger from India.
We can collectively go out to the nation and say that we will indeed eliminate hunger in India together by 2020 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 Food Banking Network with a hope to begin this journey together and help eradicate hunger in India by 2020.
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."
The key tenets of our strategy are:
- Develop partnerships for procurement of funds and food.
- Create Food Banks in India in communities to systematically capture and distribute food to reduce hunger and malnutrition. Support and strengthen Food Banks by connecting Food Banks to resources of food.
- Help Food Banks develop efficient processes and safety processes in the collection and distribution of food.
- Develop and implement efficient monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure effective, transparent and equity-inclusive delivery to reach the most vulnerable population.
- Promote Food Banks to emerge as community spaces addressing various issues of nutrition, health, hygiene and development.
- Promote decentralized, flexible and community based locally responsive strategies and models.
- Undertake advocacy among various stakeholders to encourage greater involvement.
Teamwork: We are committed to working collaboratively with our Board, staff, members and partners across the hunger relief network.
Transparency: We conduct our activities by being open and accessible to strengthen our network and maintain the trust of our stakeholders and the public.
Integrity: We achieve our goals by maintaining the highest degree of ethical standards and by putting our values into action.
Accountability: We are focused on outcomes. We value results and measure our performance against precise goals; we take ownership and responsibility for doing what we say we will do
Volunteerism: We encourage volunteers to contribute their time and skills to the cause of hunger.