The Walmart Foundation has announced three grants to strengthen agriculture in the Maharashtra region.

The Walmart Foundation announced three new grants totaling more than $3 million with the BAIF Development Research Fund, the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) and the Collective Good Foundation (CGF). These grants aim to empower smallholder farmers through sustainable agricultural practices in the state of Maharashtra. These three grants reinforce the Walmart Foundation’s ongoing commitment to support local grantees to strengthen Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and enable farmers to build and sustain a stronger, more sustainable and fairer agricultural sector in rural India. Initiatives focus on sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change, strengthening livelihoods through improved value chains and promoting active participation of women in agriculture in Maharashtra.

BAIF Development Research Foundation awarded a grant of $1,560,535 to improve livelihoods and improve sex education through value chain initiatives in tribal areas. Targeting three districts – Palghar, Nasik and Jalgaon – the project plans to impact 14,700 farmers and focuses on improving yields of existing crops, growing valuable vegetables and flowers and improving livestock management. Projects include training and exposure programs for FPOs and projects involving 40 percent farmers.

“We are happy to support the Walmart Fund, which we will use to improve the livelihoods and gender mainstreaming of the rural poor, especially women, through value chain initiatives affecting 14,700 farmers,” said regional VB Dyasa. BAIF Development Research Foundation Director (Western Region).

The Walmart Foundation’s $1,242,650 grant to WOTR for Project RISE is designed to create sustainable income for smallholders. This initiative covers three districts – Jalna, Dharashiv and Solapur – and works with 11 FPOs with an aim to reach 20,000 farmers. The key measures of the project are the establishment of Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) as reliable market participants, the development of a sustainable agricultural system and the establishment of a green input center. The target for women farmers is 50 percent, and the project promises to increase farmers’ incomes and reduce farmers’ input costs by 40 percent. “The project aims to convert FPCs to EbA (ecosystem-based adaptation) compliant power plants. Prakash Keskar, Managing Director of WOTR, said Prakash Keskar.

“Furthermore, the project aims to facilitate partnerships between FPC and institutional buyers, improve FPC management through technology platforms and make them a reliable market player,” Keskar added. Walmart Foundation’s $500,000 grant to Collective Good Foundation seeks to strengthen 12 FPOs and promote climate-resilient economic growth for 10,000 farmers in five districts—Amravati, Solapur, Latur, Osmanabad, and Nanded—covering 70 percent of the state . To be women The initiative aims to provide finance, develop the capacity of farmers and strengthen FPOs. These farmers focus on crops such as pulses, soybeans, dairy products, millets, fruits and vegetables.

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