Professional Assistance for Development Action, Kolkata, India
Bernardo conducted an independent research project that looks into the malnutrition status of women living in Indian villages and its possible social, physiologic, cultural, and economic causes. As a basis for this research, he spent the summer working at the Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) in Kolkata, assisting Self-Help Groups (an informal association of 10 to 20 poor women belonging to the same village and sharing a common socio-economic background) nutrition programs. He conducted interviews to analyze women's knowledge and awareness of their nutrition status, the impact and potential of Government provisions (like MDM, ICDS, PDS etc.) on women's access to nutrition, and the effect of productivity and income enhancement on women's nutrition. The study strove to shine new light on the reasons why a nutrition gap exists between women and men.