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Karnataka is the first State in the country to have announced a Comprehensive Nutrition Mission, following the inter-generational inter-sectoral approach. Realizing the gravity of situation, Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka in his Budget speech on March 5, 2010 has announced, “The number of children suffering from malnutrition is very significant in our State. Special efforts are required to be made for overcoming this problem. The Government proposes to start a Comprehensive Nutrition Mission. A provision of Rs 5 Crore will be made for this for a pilot project.”
The pilot pojects were under taken in Gubbi Block in Tumkur District and Shikaripura Block in Shimoga District. The pilot projects were successful in reducing malnutrition amoung the target groups.


Sl.No. Name Designation
1 Smt. Veena S. Rao, IAS (Retd.) Advisor, Karnataka Comprehensive Nutrition Mission
2 Shri Shivamurthy G.N., IAS Mission Director, Karnataka Rural Livelihood Promotion Society
3 Shri B. Ganesh Moolya Technical Assistant to Advisor, KCNM
4 Shri Ramesh Halbhavi Consultant -HR & Administration
5 Shri Ramesh M. Raichur Consultant -Project Implementation
6 Shri Nagaraja D.C. Financial Assistant
7 Shri Sateesh Office Assistant
8 Shri Chethan S. Computer Operator

Karnataka Comprehensive Nutrition Mission- Strategy Paper

Malnutrition is a major public health emergency in India today, with about 50% of the population suffering from it in some form - protein-calorie deficit and/or micro-nutrient malnutrition. It is the underlying cause of at least 50% of deaths of under 5 children in the country. Even if it does not lead to death, malnutrition including micronutrient deficiencies, often leads to permanent damage including impairment of physical growth and mental development, and to added health care costs to the State. India’s Nutritional Indicators are a cause of concern and progress in their improvement has been extremely slow, as shown in the Table at Annexure I. The Nutrition Scenario in Karnataka compared to other Southern States is also a cause for concern. For example, the IMR in Karnataka according to NFHS III is 43 as compared to 30.4 and15.3 in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively. The under 5 mortality rate in Karnataka (54.7) is also much higher than Tamil Nadu (35.5) and Kerala (16.3). The percentage of under-three age stunted children in the State (42.4) according to NFHS III is not only higher than the national percentage (38.4) but also much higher than the other three Southern States the percentages there being Andhra Pradesh (36.4), Kerala (26.5) and Tamil Nadu (31.1).


The Karnataka Nutrition Mission (KNM) will aim to eradicate the problem of malnutrition in the State in the shortest possible time by introducing innovative strategy shifts that include the following:

i) Adopting the inter-generational, life cycle approach by addressing the nutritional needs of infants, children, adolescent girls and pregnant and nursing mothers.

ii) Bridging the calorie-protein micronutrient deficit among the inter-generational target groups by providing appropriate energy dense fortified supplementation for consumption.

iii) Accelerating, integrating and tightly monitoring multi-sectoral ongoing programmes that have impact on malnutrition, such as Immunization and Vit A Supplementation, Anaemia Control, Water and Sanitation, etc., and achieving convergence between the ongoing programmes so that they operate simultaneously, and filling programmatic gaps.

iv) Increasing programme coverage by demand creation by involvement of the community, NGOs, SHGs and VPs.

v) Launching a sustained general public awareness campaign, through the multi-media and interpersonal communication mode to reach the general public, especially at the grass-roots, regarding proper nutritional practices within existing family budgets and proper child and maternal care and create demand for government programmes.

vi) Make available low cost energy foods for the general population through Public Private Partnerships.

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     2nd Orientation Workshop on Module on Food/Nutrition Security and Public Policy held on 8th January, 2018

     Module on Food/Nutrition Security and Public Policy conceptualized by KCNM taught in Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, academic year 2017-18.
It will be taught in the next semester in Akkamahadevi Womens University, Vijayapura and Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

     Nutrition Indicators – Progress from December, 2015 (Baseline) till September, 2017 – Cohort Group

     Project Beneficiaries’ Pictures – Before and After

     IEC and household counselling works for dietary diversification and changing food habits

Article in “Deccan Herald”

Bicycles distribution to Village Nutrition Volunteers (VNVs) under the World Bank/JSDF assisted Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project implemented by Karnataka Comprehensive Nutrition Mission

Orientation Workshop on Module on Food/Nutrition Security and Public Policy held on 22nd July, 2017

Feedback from the field after Shakti Vita (Energy Food)

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30 hour Module on Food/Nutrition Security and Public Policy for Post-graduate Programmes in Public Policy

Innovative proposal under Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project becomes Grand Challenge – Karnataka – Call 4

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Workshop on Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Projects held on 2nd February, 2017 under the aegis of Government of Karnataka and World Bank Highlights of Workshop on Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Projects held on 2nd February, 2017 under the aegis of Government of Karnataka and World Bank Govt. of Karnataka and World Bank Workshop on Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Projects - 2nd February, 2017.
1. Programme
2. KCNM Strategy Paper
3. Innovative Pr- Food/Nutrition Security and Public Policy
4. Innovative Pr – Low cost EDF
5. Workshop Background Paper
* Annexure 2
Field visits by Advisor, KCNM to Devadurga and Chincholi Blocks on 22nd to 23rd December,2016 Energy Dense Food(EDF) distribution started from 26th December,2016 at Devadurga Block, Raichur District Energy Dense Food (EDF) distribution started from 26th October, 2016 at Chincholi Block, Kalaburagi District. The Contract agreement signed between the Mission Director, KSRLPS and NGO, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) for implementing the JSDF/World Bank assisted Karnataka Multi-sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project at Chincholi Block in Kalburagi District and Devadurga Block in Raichur District. KSRLPS invites EOI from Media Agencies/Organisations for Multimedia IEC Services for the World Bank assisted Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project KSRLPS invites EOI from Consultancy Agencies/Organizations for Concurrent Monitoring services for the World Bank assisted Karnataka Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project” Grant Agreement for Karnataka Mutli-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project in Chincholi Block, Gulbarga District, and Devadurga Block, Raichur District, signed by Department of Economic Affairs, Govt. of India and the World Bank on July 15, 2014. Strategy Paper of Karnataka Comprehensive Nutrition Mission. Cabinet approves projects at the two Blocks - Chincholi in Gulbarga District and Devdurga in Raichur District funded by JSDF/World Bank Grant. Target groups being given Energy Dense Food in Shikaripura Block. Target groups being given Energy Dense Food in Gubbi Block. Energy Dense Food Production Unit and Awareness Programme inaugurated at Ambargoppa, Shikaripura Block on 10/10/2013 by Honorable MP, Sri B.Y. Raghavendra, Shimoga District, Deputy Commissioner, Shimoga District and CEO, Zilla Panchayat, Shimoga District. Feasibility Study :Linking Agriculture to Nutrition - Mechanisms to Improve Access to Nutritious Horticultural Produce by BOP Communities
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Karnataka Nutrition Mission receives Grants from JSDF/World Bank for projects in two Blocks - Chincholi in Gulbarga District and Devdurga in Raichur District. Pilot Implementation at Gubbi and Shikaripura U.N Team on food security meets Chief Minister
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