THE LATEST: Tanager and Palladium launch project to improve market access for farmers in India

Bhubaneshwar, INDIA, February 16th, 2021: To increase the profitability and sustainability of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in Odisha, India, Tanager along with Palladium has announced the launch of the Promotion and Stabilization of Farmer Producer Organizations (PSFPO) project. This three-year project will work in close collaboration with the Government of Odisha to leverage government resources and expertise to achieve impact. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PSFPO will work with farmers and FPOs to develop the FPO ecosystem in the state, improve the implementation of policies and interventions for FPO strengthening, streamline access to markets, and prepare farmers to interact with the private sector.

This project takes both a top down and bottom-up approach to creating impact for FPOs. Tanager will be leading on the management and on-farm activities for the project. With its experience working with FPOs throughout India, Tanager will work to improve FPO management, support market linkages between FPOs and the private sector, and improve gender equity. Gender inequity is a persistent problem in India. PSFPO works to address gender inequity in Farmer Producer Companies and Market Facing Companies so that women and female youth benefit from FPO membership and services.

Palladium will work closely with the Government of Odisha as technical support unit to catalyse   engagement among key FPO ecosystem stakeholders and support the Government to implement their FPO Policy. Palladium will also work to synchronise existing digital systems to better serve FPOs in Odisha and assist Government entities to implement digital governance and results measurement in the FPO ecosystem. The Government of Odisha is one of the leading state governments in India to adopt holistic FPO policy and is an important partner in development and success of FPOs.

In India, Farmer Producer Organisations are a key entry point to increase smallholder farmer incomes and improve gender equity at the farm level. Through partnerships, anything is possible, and Tanager is grateful that the Government of Odisha, Palladium, and our funding partners on the PSFPO project share our resolve and passion to improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in India.” – Amit Kumar Singh, Tanager Country Representative, India

“Palladium brings its market systems development thinking and government advisory expertise into this forward-looking project in Odisha. We are delighted to partner with BMGF, the Govt of Odisha and Tanager to strengthen the FPO ecosystem in Odisha.” – Shivani Manaktala, Director, The Palladium

About Tanager

Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliate, is an international non-profit that brings people together at the table, on the ground, and across supply chains to co-create economic and social opportunities that change lives. Working closely with our partners, we align interests to expand market access and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities that result in reliable supply chains, stable incomes, healthy families, and resilient communities.

About Palladium

Palladium is a global impact firm, working to link social progress and commercial growth. For the past 50 years, we have been helping our clients to see the world as interconnected – by formulating strategies, building partnerships, and implementing programs that transform societies, economies and lives of people. Palladium works with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and create lasting positive impact.

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