This study in the peri-urban area of Dharwad aimed to understand the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition, devise strategies to combat hunger and malnutrition, and assess the impact of the strategies. The study was conducted in three phases. In the first instance, socioeconomic information on self help groups operating in the village was obtained. During the second stage participatory methods such as historical time line on food habits, health mapping, hunger analysis, seasonality calendars on food, food matrices, preferential ranking were carried out. Based on the information generated, participatory training on nutrition and participatory exhibition on soybean products was conducted. An attempt was also made to assess the nutritional status of the family by anthropometric measurements and Body Mass Index (BMI). Nutritional knowledge was assessed as a result of participatory training and exhibition. Impact indicators on intervention were studied by participatory monitoring and evaluation.
Patil, A., Hunshal, C.S. and Bhuvaneswari, G. 2005. Combating malnutrition - A participatory approach in PUI. Annex R of the Final Technical Report of project R8084. Karnataka, India: University of Agricultural Sciences. 23 pp.