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Thank you for cultivating a healthier tomorrow, today!

The challenge:
We started this Journey by asking you to identify the biggest challenges that India faces with the Tata Capital India4India Survey. You responded by highlighting issues ranging from illiteracy to women empowerment.

One of the challenges you identified was food scarcity, with 12.79% votes, which led us to our first destination on the Journey of Doing Right. The Little Rann of Kutch!

12.79%

of Indians have voted for Food Scarcity

The Story

The ground reality
India, you identified the biggest challenges facing the nation which led us to the first destination in our Journey of Doing Right – the Little Rann of Kutch. When we got here, it was clear that people in this region suffer from scarcity of proper food.

The inhospitable terrain and the long hours that the people work in the salt pans add to their malnourishment. These conditions are responsible for limited vegetation to grow in the area eventually resulting in food scarcity. To know more about the challenges faced by the people in the Little Rann of Kutch, click here.

The solution
Keeping all of this in mind, we brought in an expert, Kalyan Akkipedi from Integreater (an NGO in Hyderabad) who gave us the perfect solution – a Wicking Bed! To know more about a Wicking Bed, click here.

With your contributions and support, we have planted 20 Wicking Beds that are being planted across 3 areas – the middle of the desert, the periphery and near Ganatar - the local NGO in the district of Kharaghoda that has taken up the responsibility of maintaining all 20 Wicking Beds. Infact, several salt pan workers noticed what our Do Righter was doing and then assisted him when the Wicking Beds were being planted!

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There were two purposes behind building the Wicking Beds in the Little Rann of Kutch – to provide food security for the people here and to demonstrate that if food can grow in the middle of the desert with this ingenious solution, then this practice can be replicated across the country addressing the challenge of food scarcity.

Thank you India for helping us completing this story. You have not only cultivated a healthier tomorrow for the people here but have spread hope among so many across the country!

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Thank you, India!

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You have put a smile on the faces of so many in the Little Rann of Kutch!

Stay tuned for the next story.

UPDATES

Cultivating A Healthier Tomorrow

Kharaghoda. A district on the periphery of the Little Rann of Kutch, famous for its marshy salt flats. The flats become snow white after the shallow water dries up each season before the monsoon rains. This is a story about Manoj Padalia and many others like him in and around the Little Rann of Kutch….
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We are not alone on this Journey of Doing Right!

Your contributions are pouring in and we are getting ready to implement the next set of Wicking Beds. But we are not alone in our endeavour to provide food security in the Little Rann of Kutch! Our Do Righter has been joined by the team of Gantar, an NGO in Kharaghoda. They are not just…
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Putting Hunger to Bed in the Little Rann of Kutch

We have already begun the process of planting the Wicking Beds in the Little Rann of Kutch. There are several vegetable seeds that are being grown on a single Wicking Bed, some of them being – coriander, fenugreek, spinach, bitter gourd, cucumber, onion, garlic, brinjal, cauliflower, radish and carrot. We have received an enthusiastic response…
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On the Rann

Can you guess the animal in the picture? These are the famous Indian Wild Asses, also known as Khur, predominantly found in the Rann. Their coat is sandy with a dark mane. The range of this threatened species once extended across the Indian sub-continent and Central Asia. Today, its last refuge lies in the Indian…
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A truly ‘Lagaan’ story

Kharaghoda, a village on the periphery of the Little Rann of Kutch. During the British Raj, Kharaghoda was a place where taxes were collected in the form of salt. This particular ground was constructed like a cricket stadium by the British, to occasionally play the gentleman’s game.

The Wicking Bed

The wicking bed technique was introduced in India by a non-profit NGO, Integreater that provides a socially cohesive, economically viable and ecologically sustainable community. They first successfully implemented a wicking bed in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh which is considered the second driest place in India. Using the principles of surface tension and capillarity, the vegetables and…
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Journey So Far...

Thank you, India!

Thank you for helping the women of Diphlu Pathar become equal partners and contributors in their households.

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