There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Food is about agriculture, about ecology , about (wo)man's relationship with nature ... about nation-building, cultural struggles, friends and enemies ... and at times, even about sex said the food expert Mark Kurlansky . And he couldn't have been more right. In our own experiences, upon deep reflection, we see that food for mind, food for the body , and the food for spirit drive the human struggle for meaningful existence. As we step into 2013, having survived the 2012-hoo-ha about a world coming to an end (chuckle), we celebrate Makar Sankran, celebrated every year on the 14th of January . It marks the beginning of the harvesting season. Celebrated as a season of plenty , a season connected intrinsically with Food, this festival has various names all over the country . Pongal in T amil Nadu, Bhogali Bihu in Assam, Maghi in Haryana, Shishur Saenkraat in the Kashmir Valley and Pithey in Bengal. (Aside: Archeological surveys also reveal that the Mayans also celebrated a similar kind of festival – which would make it a 6000-year-old style of celebration!). Our NewslePer celebrates this time along with the food-growers (and the food-consumers !)all over the world by focussing upon this very basic need – FOOD – as we step into the 20th year of our existence as an organisation. We bring you a baskeRul of goodies – our very own Position Paper on Food & Nutrition Security , socio-cultural reflections on food, how food can become a vehicle of empowerment… and not to miss – a local recipe!
A Happy New Y ear to you… may this year be a body , mind, and spirit fulfilling one for one and all.