Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Disha with a five-year agriculture and livelihoods project in 15 villages of Kuarmunda block, Sundargarh district of Odisha in eastern India.
Indigenous communities in this area are facing acute food and nutrition scarcity and have largely been ignored by the government or other support organizations. Disha will work towards reducing hunger and malnutrition through sustainable use of natural resources, improved agriculture practices, animal husbandry, and promoting alternative sources of livelihood for landless and destitute families. To achieve this, Disha will work with farmers and women’s groups to improve knowledge, practice, attitude and behavioural change, all with the intent of improving food security.
Over five years, the project aims to work with 1,195 households (approximately 6,237 individuals).