Lucknow, Aug 28: Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart Foundation president and EVP, Chief Sustainability Officer of Walmart, on Wednesday visited and interacted with farmers and leaders of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in Rariya and Bilouli Maharaj villages in the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh.
These farmers are part of a project supported by Walmart Foundation and managed and implemented by TechnoServe.
A statement here said that Walmart Foundation announced a 3.5 million dollars grant (approximately Rs 25.2 crores) to TechnoServe to help create better sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers.
TechnoServe will help up to 30 FPOs in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh improve their access to markets and financing, and become stronger businesses with better accounting, governance and management systems, the statement said.
It will also help build capability of smallholders in these FPOs by promoting sustainable agriculture practices, improving post-harvest and storage systems, and providing market access for smallholders. Through this grant, TechnoServe aims to boost incomes for 25,000 farmers (50 per cent of whom will be women).
“This grant extends Walmart Foundation’s efforts to improve market access for smallholder farmers in India, with the aim of increasing their income while also contributing to a stronger and more sustainable agricultural sector in the country,” said Ms McLaughlin here in a statement. (UNI)