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Walmart Foundation announces $1.2m grant to empower 15,000 women farmers in UP

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Walmart Foundation has announced a grant of $1.2 million to the Transform Rural India Foundation (TRIF). The grant is aimed at improving the rural livelihood­s of 15,000 women farmers in Uttar Pradesh to increase their average base income.

The twoyear project will primarily focus on creating 10 selfsustai­nable womenled FPOs (Farmer Producer Organisati­ons) and a platform for women farmers to strengthen and diversify their livelihood­s.

As part of this project, the FPOs will receive assistance to develop business plans, and postharves­t infrastruc­ture, and to build necessary systems and processes, including institutio­nal operating spine (digital bookkeepin­g, management control systems, standard operating procedures).

MARKET LINKAGE

A media statement said the Walmart Foundation grant will support training and capacitybu­ilding sessions for the women farmers along with the adoption of climateres­ilient practices.

Leveraging selfhelp groups (SHGs) promoted by the Deendayal Antodaya YojanaNati­onal Rural Livelihood Mission (DAYNRLM), a government programme, TRIF will support 15,000 women in productive roles within the FPOs, offering robust institutio­nal aggregatio­n to enhance market connection­s and boost earnings. The statement said the project will also work with community representa­tives on building soil organic carbon through various methods of composting, ensuring soil vitality through precise testing and nutrient recommenda­tions.

The interventi­ons will include value chains such as pulses, cereals, and horticultu­re crops, apart from poultry, fisheries, and goat rearing.

BROAD OUTREACH

Quoting Julie Gehrki, VicePresid­ent and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart Foundation, the statement said: “This investment will broaden our outreach to more women in rural areas and solidify our impact by promoting sustainabl­e increases and unlocking additional sources of income.”

 ?? ?? GAME-CHANGING DEAL. The two-year project will focus on creating 10 self-sustainabl­e women-led FPOs
GAME-CHANGING DEAL. The two-year project will focus on creating 10 self-sustainabl­e women-led FPOs

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