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Fact-Finding Report on Mid-day Meal Scheme in Karnataka

June 2019 Background Malnutrition in Karnataka is a serious crisis. It affects the child’s growth, health, ability to concentrate and resistance to infection. The vicious cycle of malnutrition and infection pushes the child constantly into ill-health and risk of death.  The statistics of malnutrition in Karnataka is dismal, with an alarming number of children who […]

White Paper: Provisioning of Eggs in Mid-Day Meals in Karnataka

Image credits: 1     Introduction The Mid-day Meals (MDM) programme in Karnataka, known as Akshara Dasoha, began in 200203, in 7 most educationally and economically backward districts, providing hot cooked meals to students studying in Class I to V. Since then, it was expanded to other districts, and made applicable to students from Class I […]

Government’s refusal to enforce MoU with Akshaya Patra is hurting the scheme

Recent reports on refusal of the ISKCON-linked NGO Akshay Patra Foundation (APF) to include onion and garlic in the food served by them as part of Mid-day meals scheme in Karnataka, have created an erroneous impression that APF is no longer required to include these ingredients. A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for […]

It’s not Egg alone; it’s a fight for Children’s Right to Life through Cultural Freedom!

Sachin Kumar Jain (Social Researcher, Trainer and Ashoka Fellow) In Madhya Pradesh, the politics of neglect and prohibition against children has been nurtured inside the egg. It is exactly 10 years since the debate of providing eggs in mid-day meal (in schools) and nutritious food in Anganwadis has been raging in the state. The erstwhile […]

Akshaya Patra Foundation and Inclusion of Onion and Garlic in Mid-day Meals

  Image courtesy: VegKitchen Akshaya Patra Foundation, a NGO linked with religious organization ISKCON, has been involved in Mid-day Meals (MDM) scheme in Karnataka since its inception in 2002-03. Currently it is supplying food across five districts in Karnataka: Bengaluru (Urban), Mysuru, Dakshin Kannada, Bellary and Dharwad.  All non-governmental organizations involved in providing food as […]

The career of hunger: Critical reflections on the history of nutrition science and policy-Part 1

Link Image courtesy: By Veena Shatrugna Nutrition research in 1920-30 ‘extracted’ about 10-15 nutrients out of nearly 900 foods: carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins. By 1950, Indian scientists were estimating people’s requirements based on their own largely vegetarian diets, prioritising cost and recommending a diet of cereal for the nation and excluding animal protein. […]

The wider effects of nutrition research: History of nutrition science and policy-Part 2

Image courtesy: Link By Veena Shatrugna The decision to focus on calories from cheap sources of food influenced many of independent India’s major policy decisions such as the shamefully low poverty line, a minimum wage to meet these low dietary requirements, a public distribution system limited to cereals, and high-input monoculture to produce these […]

Letters and Memorandums


Akshaya Patra MoUs: 2016-17, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Menu for Mid-day Meals notified by Government of Karnataka: 2013 and 2019.