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India: The Important Role Of Village Grain Banks In The State Of Uttarakhand

Village Grain Bank Advocacy

Village Grain Bank members go through some reading material on the Banks’ benefits and ways of accessing its services.

From 2011-2013, WFP, in partnership with the Government of Uttarakhand and Garhwal Vikas Kendra, facilitated the establishment of 55 Village Grain Banks in three priority districts of Uttarakhand.

Village Grain Bank Community Interaction

Raising awareness and personally reaching out to Grain Bank members and the wider community are crucial for the Executive Committees.

The Grain Banks have evolved and became democratically managed institutions by its members. Elected Executive Committees decide on rules and procedures in consulation with all the members to ensure not only sustainability but also growth in terms of assets (i.e., food grains), for the benefit of the entire community. 

Women As Grain Bank Executive Committee Leaders

An elderly tribal woman, who serves as the President of a Village Grain Bank, reviews stock balances.  

A Loan That's Easy On The Pocket

Membership with the Village Grain Bank ensures food security, especially in times of need since Uttarakhand is prone to natural disasters and by consequence, periodic shortage of food grains. Loans can be repaid with interest charged at reasonable rates, decided and agreed upon by the members.

Trainings In Jaunpur, Uttarakhand

Executive Committee members attending a training in Jaunpur, Uttarakhand. 

WFP Village-Level Advocacy

WFP efforts are focused on teaching communities about the concept and functional modalities of the Village Grain Banks, as well as building the capacity of the Executive Committees to ensure smooth management of the Banks.

Handing Over Village Grain Banks To Uttarkhand Communities

Standing in front of the Grain Bank Store, the proud Grain Bank Executive Committee of Jaunpur is now ready to take over the the day-to-day management of the Bank.
At the end of 2013, WFP has completed the hand-over of ownership of all 55 Village Grain Banks to their Executive Committees.

During 2011-13, WFP in partnership with the Government of Uttarakhand and Garhwal Vikas Kendra facilitated the establishment of 55 Village Grain Banks in three priority districts of Uttarakhand. The Grain Banks have evolved as democratically managed institutions by its members. Elected Executive Committees decide on rules and procedures in consultation with all the members of the Grain Banks to ensure not only sustainability but also growth in terms of assets (food grains), for the benefit of the entire community. Uttarakhand is particularly prone to natural disasters and periodic shortages of food grains.