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In India, as with the rest of the world, 2020 was a year of struggle and resilience. My country was under a government mandated lockdown for almost three months which negatively affected many industries, with the service and industrial sectors coming to an almost complete halt. However, the agriculture sector was the least affected by the pandemic, as the government deemed many farming activities to be vital. Now, post lockdown, while various industries are gradually opening but continue to struggle, agriculture is an economic bright spot and has experienced a growth rate of 3.4% during Q1 of 2021. Despite several hindrances like produce dumped for lack of buyers or crashing prices, farmers kept the process running and all major cities across the country continued to receive supplies of fresh vegetables, fruits, and milk throughout the lockdown.
Desde 2016, DIAGEO, una de las principales compañías de bebidas premium del mundo, a través de su iniciativa Learning for Life y Tanager identificaron la necesidad de desarrollar un proyecto en Colombia que contribuyera al incremento de oportunidades de formación a la medida y generación de empleo para población vulnerable como mujeres, jóvenes, afrodescendientes, indígenas, víctimas del conflicto, a través de un enfoque diferencial y alianzas con distintos sectores de la sociedad. Con base en lo anterior, ambas organizaciones tomaron la decisión de aunar esfuerzos técnicos y financieros para implementar de manera conjunta, iniciativas que generen oportunidades formativas y económicas para estos grupos poblacionales.
Since 2016, DIAGEO, one of the main premium beverage companies in the world, has worked with Tanager to implement its Learning for Life initiative in Colombia. Diageo and Tanager identified the need of developing a project in Colombia that would contribute to increasing tailored training opportunities and employment generation for vulnerable groups such as women, youth, afro-descendants, indigenous people, victims of the conflict. The program employed a differential approach and formed alliances with different stakeholders. Accordingly, both organizations joined technical and financial efforts to implement initiatives to create training and economic opportunities for these vulnerable groups.
Genesis is 24 years old and on Monday, December 14th will become one of of 130 young people in Cali and Barranquilla to graduate as Technicians from DIAGEO’s Learning for Life program. She originally migrated to Cali from Venezuela looking for better opportunities. It was not an easy road for her family: After going through many difficulties (made worse by the pandemic) and being discriminated against in job searches, she arrived at the ‘Learning for Life’ program. “My life has another direction and has been more focused on achieving everything and getting ahead… Since I am part of the program everything is back on track”, Genesis says of her involvement with Learning for Life.
In 2021 the global community will come together for an exciting and important event for all global food system actors. With the 2021 Food Systems Summit the United Nations has created a movement to organize and galvanize action towards achieving the Sustainable Develop Goals as they relate to nutrition. Replete with action tracks and organized country dialogues, the 2021 Food Systems Summit will bring together the public and private sector around critical issues facing smallholder farming communities – the communities that Tanager works to serve.
The IGNITE mechanism is a five-year investment implemented by Tanager, Laterite, and 60_Decibels to strengthen the ability of African agricultural institutions to integrate nutrition and gender into their interventions. As part of the work, IGNITE has developed a diagnostic tool to identify areas where institutions can work to institutionalize gender and nutrition, and assess the progress of an institution towards the goals of gender and nutrition mainstreaming.
Tanager is committed helping smallholder farmers in Andhra Pradesh access organized buyers through Collective Marketing. With grant funding support from the Walmart Foundation, Tanager is helping farmers streamline the selling of their produce to reduce reliance on private lenders.
On October 14th, between 8 and 9:30 am EST, Tanager, Mars Wrigley, and Symrise will present an interactive virtual Side Event during the 2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium (hosted by the World Food Prize) focused on how to effectively and humbly manage projects with multi-stakeholder partnerships, using the award-winning Shubh Mint project as a case study.
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.