This report briefly discusses the Chennai Food Bank, started in 1993 by the Rajasthan Youth Association. Beginning with a “interest in service”, and informed with a religious ‘anna daan’ instinct; since its inception, this project has grown into the Chennai Foodbank, both in terms of the number of sponsors as well as the range of beneficiaries. By 2007, they had helped to provide over 1 crore meals to the under-privileged. This document elaborates on the model and reach of this project, and presents some recommendations for future expansion.
Harsh Mander, Astha Singla, Anirban Bhattacharya and Vivek Mishra
This volume looks closely at India’s demographic transition, specifically from the perspective of social, economic and gender equity. It argues that if a ‘youthful bulge’ is to result in high economic growth, sufficient employment opportunities accompanied by nutrition, health, education, training and morale for young people are necessary. However, the state continues to make very low public investments in these, and the market is unable to compensate for these failures. The majority of young people are therefore being excluded from economic opportunity, and condemned instead to distress migration and low-end exploitative employment. The state can reverse these trends only with high public investment – by extending universal quality nutrition, health-care, education and social protection to all its people, and ensuring significantly higher investments in agriculture, especially to protect the incomes of farm workers and small and marginal rain-fed farmers, fish-workers, forest-workers and artisans.