Walmart announces $1.2mn grant to Transform Rural India Foundation

by GPT

A grant from the Walmart Foundation will help develop and demonstrate the institutional model for marginal and women farmers.
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Walmart Foundation on November 30 announced a grant of $1.2 million (nearly ₹10 crore) to the Transform Rural India Foundation (TRIF) to aid improving livelihoods of 15,000 women rural farmers in Uttar Pradesh by increasing their average base income.

“The grant will be used in a two-year project that will primarily focus on creating ten self-sustainable women-led FPOs (farmer producer organisation) and a platform for women farmers to strengthen and diversify their livelihoods,” the foundation said in a statement.

“This project strongly resonates with our commitment to reach one million farmers by 2028 with at least 50% women. This investment will broaden our outreach to more women in rural areas and solidify our impact by promoting sustainable increase and unlocking additional sources of income,” Walmart Foundation vice-president, Chief Operating Officer, Julie Gehrki said.

“Under the project, the FPOs will receive assistance to develop business plans, post-harvest infrastructure, and to build necessary systems and processes including digital book-keeping and management control systems among others,” the statement said.

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