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Walmart Foundation supports 60 female FPOs with a $2 million grant

Walmart Foundation and PRADAN, an NGO, announced on Thursday the implementation of the “PROWFIT” project to improve the livelihoods of small and marginal farm households, especially female farmers in the tribal regions of eastern states.

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PROWFIT, which stands for ‘the capacity of organized resources and women farmers to transform FPOs into independent institutions’, plans to support 60 women-led Farmer-Producer Organizations (FPOs) over a 30-month period.

The project will be supported by a $2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation and aims to empower nearly 120,000 women to establish viable smallholder farms with total cumulative annual sales of $32 million, a statement said.

Julie Gehrki, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Walmart Foundation, said, “PRADAN’s projects such as PROWFIT and LEAP align well with our efforts in India to strengthen FPOs by helping them increase production volume, quality and sustainability. while building and deepening their contacts. to markets. The latest investment in PRADAN will extend their reach to even more rural women, while also deepening its impact through sustainable revenue growth and unlocking sources of income.”

As part of the project, the FPOs receive assistance in developing business plans, establishing the necessary systems and processes, and implementing governance systems for their businesses. In addition, they will also receive technological and financial support through access to service partners and links to relevant national or state government programs to receive additional assistance.

PROWFIT builds on PRADAN’s previous project ‘LEAP’ (Livelihoods Enhancement through market Access and Women Empowerment). LEAP, a two-year project, was supported by a $1.9 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. LEAP affected the livelihoods of 45,000 smallholder female farmers in Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

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