Food is the most essential part of human existence. Food habits are developed with availability and accessibility of food. Dietary inadequacy and poor feeding practices lead to malnutrition. The PVTGs are at risk of under nutrition. Food habits of Lanjia Saora have changed. They have started distancing themselves from nutritious local millets over the years. External interventions through missionaries, government food schemes, and vibrant market force have led to the change. There are many food security (related) schemes being implemented in tribal areas. Due coordination amongst the departments and convergence of program interventions is required for effective outcome in field reality. Any single scheme cannot bring substantial and sustained positive change in isolation despite having excellent performance of its own. In spite of many interventions, continued supplementation of food to all children covered under ICDS in a Lanjia Saora dominated sector in Rayagada district, the number of severely underweight children were found to be more, as compared to others in the same block. Life style related diseases are affecting the tribals due to change in food habits and reduction in physical labor. Apathy to some traditional food craft, and exclusion of uncultivated foods from tribal food security policy framework may increase the dependency on external food aid, and endanger their coping mechanism......... more
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