Introduction to the Project
The cornucopia project is an initiative by the Telangana government driven by Synergy India Foundation (SIF). SIF is a nonprofit and secular organization working in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Cornucopia (also called the horn of plenty) is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, which also defines the project and its objective. The project comes under Food Management and is part of a larger initiative – “Earth School.” The objective of food management is to create awareness of healthy food and cultivating food organically.
The Cornucopia project is launched to initiate sustainable organic farming in the residential schools of the Telangana government. The project aims at incentivizing organic farming in the schools by inculcating practices and methods of organic farming in the school curriculum.
The purpose of including farming in the school curriculum is to make the schools self-sustainable and utilize organic produce to provide healthy and nutritious meals to school children. Through this project, the students can have a practical understanding of farming and cultivation. It will also develop entrepreneurs in the food production sector.
Plan of Action
Cornucopia’s plan of action is to develop a farming model in schools.
It includes the development of the following:
- Vegetable gardens
- Goatry, Poultry, Dairy farming
- Food processing units like bakery items
- Vertical Gardens and terrace gardens
Project Founders: Synergy India Foundation
Synergy India Foundation is a non-profit is an NGO that was established in 2007. Their fundamental origins are to create a safer and empowered society. The SIF is working in the fields of education, health, the environment, and sustainable livelihood. With their vision of creating sustainable organic farming in the schools, they initiated the Cornucopia project.
Technology Partners: Wireframe Solutions
Wireframe solutions is the technology partner and will provide digital assistance in the project.
Our solution will design a dashboard for the Cornucopia project for their information management. The dashboard is designed to monitor all the details of the project. Moreover, the dashboard will track the progress of the project based on specific metrics.
The project dashboard will display the overall performance and highlight the problems that require specific attention.
Wireframe solutions is also going to provide digital marketing solutions for creating awareness about the Cornucopia initiative on specific platforms.
Centre of Sustainable Agriculture is a registered trust in Hyderabad. CSA partners with various NGOs and community-based organizations to establish sustainable agriculture models. In the cornucopia project, CSA will provide assistance in developing various methods and materials for organic farming.
The National Institute of Nutrition is an Indian Public health and Nutrition health located in Hyderabad, India. The institute will provide assistance in preparing diet plans and menus for the school children.
Objectives of the Cornucopia Project
“A healthy mind resides in a healthy body.” This thought is the root of this initiative. The Cornucopia project’s aim is to improve the health of school children. Organic food products contain high nutritional content and do not contain modified ingredients, unlike conventional Agriculture produce. The school children require a diet rich in vitamins and minerals in their growth years, and organic produce is rich in these components. Therefore providing them a nutritious diet is significant as it improves their health.
Building Future Agripreneurs
These schoolchildren are future agriculturists. Telangana is an Agrarian economy where most people choose agriculture as their future occupation. Inculcating farming in the school curriculum can enhance the skills of future Agripreneurs. This initiative provides skills and training to children to learn the farming methods and techniques and get practical exposure to agriculture to prepare them for the future.
The government schools rely on external sources for the supply of food products. By inculcating, organic farming in the school curriculum and practical implementation of farming, the organic produce can be used for preparing meals for the children. With this project, the schools can cultivate the food they need in the school itself. This initiative will teach the children about sustainable living.
Reasons to launch Organic Farming in School Curriculum
• The government schools have the potential to teach lessons on food nutrition and agriculture. In a state where the economy is primarily agrarian, this initiative can train future farmers by training their farming skills. The government schools have a free land area that can be optimally utilized for organic farming.
• The organic farming approach is eco friendly and improves fertility, soil structure, and reduces erosion. This Cornucopia initiative has the potential to shape the values of children and their families about organic farming.
• The government schools are tied up with mid-day meal programs for school children. By supplying a portion of the organic produce in schools can ensure a regular and healthy meal for the children that can help in their nutritious growth.
• Implementing organic farming in schools can raise awareness and demand for organically grown food. It can develop the organic sector in the state and eventually in the country.
The Cornucopia initiative aims for the welfare of society along with the holistic development of children.
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