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