GHS was featured on the front page of the Winter 2013 issue of fullyENGAGED, a newsletter from the University Outreach and International Programs here at UC Davis. Titled “Reinvigorating the Sundarban Delta,” the article sheds light on a current GHS project geared towards “promoting health and economic development through improved nutritional and agricultural education and research” in India’s Sundarban Delta. The Sundarban Delta region was severely impacted by Cyclone Aila in 2009, and inhabitants of the region have since been caught in a cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and disease that is often characteristic of rural, climate-challenged areas.
Along with their partner and collaborator, the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, GHS will design and implement an interactive, community-based research program to mitigate nutritional deficiencies through the use of locally grown, regional, traditional foods and promote economic growth through the introduction of an appropriate community-based agro-economic system that encompasses small-scale entrepreneurship opportunities for women and identification of suitable climate-resilient crops. One goal will be to further health and economic development by identifying optimal farming practices to better equip individuals to cope with cyclone-associated flooding in the future.
We would like to thank the UC Davis University Outreach and International Programs for providing the seed funding necessary to begin Sundarbans project. We are still growing!
University Outreach and International Programs website, http://uoip.ucdavis.edu/