In 2018, Walmart Foundation made a commitment to invest USD 25 million over a period of five years to support smallholder farmers in India to increase their income and improve livelihoods. By extending its support with funding for ACCESS Development Services, SRIJAN, and ASA, the Walmart Foundation hopes to help further strengthen the FPO ecosystem and transform the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
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About ACCESS Development Services
ACCESS Development Services is a national livelihoods support organization with focus on incubating innovations for sustainable livelihoods of the poor. It is a partner to global stakeholders in building resilient communities and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. It works to improve lives of those at the bottom of the pyramid and enable poverty reduction through innovative, market-led sustainable livelihood solutions. ACCESS operates in 10 states of India and is currently implementing over 34 programme initiatives impacting livelihoods of over 3,90,000 poor households. ACCESS also provides technical support to other NGOs, government bodies, government departments and also engages in policy advocacy through two national level initiatives called- the Livelihoods India and the Inclusive Finance India
SRIJAN (Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action) is a Public Charitable Trust established in 2000. It is one of India’s premier grassroots implementation agencies. SRIJAN works with small and marginal farmer families, women, and other impoverished sections of the society in the poorest of the poor poverty pockets of rural India in over 15 livelihood themes.
Apart from direct implementation, SRIJAN has also functioned as a Technical Support Agency for various programs. In Telangana and Maharashtra, SRIJAN has worked with the State Rural Livelihoods Mission to strengthen NTFP Value Chain with SHGs and its Federations as Livelihoods options. In UP, SRIJAN worked with UPSRLM to strengthen the community-led institutions model of SHGs and Cluster Level Federations. SRIJAN also worked as a Technical Support agency to enable finance access to FPOs in Assam by linking them with mainstream financial institutions with the support of ICCo.
Action for Social Advancement (ASA), founded in 1996 by a group of development professionals with considerable experience of working in community led natural resources development with the tribal community of central India, has emerged as a prime field implementing organisation for promotion of farm based livelihoods of small and marginal farmers. Its operation includes development of land and water resources, minor irrigation, sustainable agriculture, agro-forestry, market integration of smallholders and building community institutions.