Expanding on the commitment to improving farmer livelihoods in India, in 2023 Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched a new commitment in 2023 to fund projects in India designed to help build capacity and advance the economic livelihoods of one million smallholder farmers by 2028 with at least 50% women.
PRADAN empowers women farmers
Delhi-based non-profit Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) received a Walmart Foundation grant of $1.9 million in September 2020 to launch its Livelihood Enhancement through Market Access and Women Empowerment (LEAP) program in eastern India. LEAP supports marginalized women to work together in FPOs to adopt sustainable farming practices, diversify and intensify their output, and improve their livelihoods. LEAP aims to reach 45,000 women farmers over two years, benefiting about 225,000 people.
Tanager enhances farmer market readiness
International non-profit Tanager received a Walmart Foundation grant totaling just over $2.6 million to implement a Farmer Market Readiness Program in Andhra Pradesh, India. This program, which launched in 2020, is working with 13 FPOs to help more than 15,000 farmers, including more than 5,600 women, increase their productivity and profitability. It builds upon and strengthens interventions started under a prior grant issued to Tanager from the Walmart Foundation which ran from 2017 to 2020, and helped 17,500 farmers, including more than 5,600 women farmers, increase their yields and market their produce via Farmer Producer Organizations.
TechnoServe improves production practices and market linkages
Launched in 2019 with close to $3 million in grant funding support from the Walmart Foundation, the TechnoServe Smallholder Market Access Program in Central America is working to address the constraints that hamper smallholder farmers from transforming their farms into more profitable ventures and that prevent buyers from tapping into this rich supply of high-quality product. At the production level, the project willtrain farmers in the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) they need to improve their yields and quality to meet commercial requirements. Beyond the farm gate, the project aims to strengthen the business practices of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) to better connect farmers with formal markets, facilitate their access to financing, add value to their products, and secure the best possible prices for their harvests. The program is designed to sustainably increase the revenues of 5,000 small farmers in Guatemala and Nicaragua by 2022.
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