Walmart Foundation and Flipkart Foundation Help Promote Sustainable Solutions for Effective Crop Residue Management and Build Eco-consciousness Among Children and Youth

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Aims to reduce related pollution impact in Haryana and neighbouring states

HARYANA, India, Aug. 9, 2023: S M Sehgal Foundation together with Walmart Foundation and Flipkart Foundation today announced the implementation of an integrated project to promote sustainable solutions for effective crop residue management and to build eco-consciousness among children and youth. The details of the project were shared with Haryana State, Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh. The project is being implemented in the State of Haryana with philanthropic grant funding from the Walmart Foundation and Flipkart Foundation and will aim at reducing the pollution impact caused by crop burning in Haryana.

Recognizing the detrimental effects of crop residue burning on soil health, human well-being, and the environment, the project funded by the Walmart Foundation aims to directly impact 15,000 farmers across 100 villages. Farmers will be trained on how to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from crop residue burning along with recommending sustainable solutions for crop residue management, with a focus on improving soil health and crop productivity. These solutions include the use of a super seeder for crop residue management and the promotion of short-duration varieties of paddy as well as capacity building for farmers.

Additionally, a grant from the Flipkart Foundation also extends its support to raise awareness and build eco-consciousness among 5,000 children and youth across 60 villages in these districts, as this area is most affected by crop residue burning, and young people can act as champions of change in their families and communities.

The project works alongside grassroots communities to raise awareness and encourage the adoption of alternative practices that reduce the need for crop burning. Additionally, an emphasis is placed on educating the youth to build their awareness and act as change agents within their communities. S M Sehgal Foundation collaborates with a range of other stakeholders, including research institutions, academia, and social enterprises, to build a network of support and to foster a green future.

The Government of Haryana is committed to finding viable solutions for crop stubble management to ensure air quality is improved for better health and well-being. We have implemented a comprehensive framework which includes robust and efficient crop residue management measures, effective monitoring and continuous awareness campaigns towards this goal. We congratulate Walmart Foundation, Flipkart Foundation and S.M. Sehgal Foundation on these important projects and look forward to seeing the positive impact both the projects will make for our communities.
Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana
The Walmart Foundation is committed to supporting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in India. We are proud to work with Flipkart Foundation and S M Sehgal Foundation to help create opportunities for sustainable farming techniques that positively impact the environment, improve farmer livelihoods, and benefit all stakeholders.
Julie Gehrki, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart Foundation
At the Flipkart Foundation, our mission is to serve, support and empower communities, while maximizing socio-environmental impact. This collaboration with S M Sehgal Foundation and Walmart Foundation furthers our collective mission to empower farmers and drive meaningful change. Through this initiative, we stay committed to creating sustainable and thriving agricultural practices, by engaging young students as catalysts for change as they hold the key to a brighter and more sustainable future, which in turn can make a lasting positive impact on the environment. Together, we are dedicated to creating a greener and more prosperous tomorrow by reducing the pollution impact of crop residue burning that has a significant impact on the health of vast areas of Northern India.
Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Flipkart
For over two decades, S M Sehgal Foundation has worked on community-led development by helping rural communities in India to bring about positive social change. The project is unique in several ways including its innovation and engagement with women, children, and youth. Overall, through the project, the farmers will receive support to improve soil health, increase productivity through education on the judicious use of fertilizers, use of appropriate seed variety, adoption of micronutrients, and diversification into sustainable crops and varieties.
Anjali Makhija, Trustee and Chief Executive Officer, S M Sehgal Foundation

About S M Sehgal Foundation
S M Sehgal Foundation was established in 1999 as a public charitable trust to strengthen community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental change across rural India.

Sehgal Foundation has five main program areas: Water Management, Agriculture Development, Local Participation and Sustainability, Transform Lives one school at a time, and Outreach for Development. These programs are supported by a skilled research team that engages in participatory research, impact assessment, and interactive dialogues to determine informed actions to achieve sustainable results. Visit www.smsfoundation.org for more details.

About Walmart Foundation
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About the Flipkart Group
The Flipkart Group is one of India’s leading digital commerce entities and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Flipkart Wholesale, Flipkart Health+, and Cleartrip. Started in 2007, Flipkart has enabled millions of sellers, merchants, and small businesses to participate in India's digital commerce revolution. With a registered customer base of more than 450 million, Flipkart's marketplace offers over 150 million products across 80+ categories. Today, there are over 11 lakh sellers on the platform, including Shopsy sellers. With a focus on empowering and delighting every Indian by delivering value through technology and innovation, Flipkart has created lakhs of jobs in the ecosystem while empowering generations of entrepreneurs and MSMEs. Flipkart is known for pioneering services such as Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI, and easy returns, which are customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping more accessible and affordable for millions of Indians.