News: Walmart Foundations expands impact of Tanager’s work with smallholder farmers

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NEW DELHI, India, Sept. 17, 2020 – Underscoring the importance of smallholder farmers to India’s pandemic recovery, the Walmart Foundation today announced two new grants as part of a commitment made in September 2018 to invest $25 million (approximately Rs. 180 crores) over five years in improving farmer livelihoods in India. The new funding, which totals $4.5 million, will allow nonprofits Tanager and PRADAN to further scale their efforts to help farmers earn more from improved output and fair market access. Both grantees will focus on increasing opportunities for women farmers via farmer producer organizations (FPOs).

With these two new grants, the Walmart Foundation has invested a total of $15 million with eight non-government organizations (NGOs) in India, supporting programs designed to impact more than 140,000 farmers, including nearly 80,000 women farmers, to date.

Kathleen McLaughlin, president of Walmart Foundation and executive vice president and chief sustainability officer of Walmart Inc., said: “The global COVID-19 pandemic has increased pressure on India’s farmers, especially women farmers shouldering extra responsibilities in the household while seeing their incomes diminish overnight.”

New Grants to Support Women Farmers
In the latest round of Walmart Foundation grants, international nonprofit organization Tanager will receive more than $2.6 million to extend its successful Farmer Market Readiness Program and help farmers in Andhra Pradesh further expand their knowledge, resources and reach. Phase Two of the program will focus on strengthening the sustainability of 13 FPOs, seven of which are new to the program, in order to help more than 15,000 farmers, including more than 5,600 women farmers, increase their productivity and profitability.

Phase One of the Farmer Market Readiness Program was implemented between 2017 and 2020 with a $2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation that is not included in the $25 million commitment. According to Tanager, Phase One equipped 17,500 farmers, including more than 5,600 women farmers, to increase their yields and market their produce, resulting in sales of over 8,500 metric tons of produce worth roughly $3 million (220 million INR).

“Support for smallholder farmers and FPOs is essential for economic growth in India. With grant funding support from the Walmart Foundation, Tanager will continue to improve access to markets for farmers in Phase Two of the program, while expanding to include new crops and streams of income and also providing support to farming families during COVID-19. Our ultimate aim is to develop FPOs into sustainable businesses that can thrive beyond the life of the project,” Amit Kumar Singh, Tanager team lead, India, said. Read more.