Walmart Foundation, in alliance with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropic (ICRISAT), has announced an investment of close to $2 million to help farmers in Andhra Pradesh move to an improved business model for better value chains and income.
The major announcement takes the total funds granted by Walmart Foundation to the state to about $4 million over the last six months.
The two-year project focusses on some key national priorities. The main motive is to doubling farmers’ income and addressing malnutrition in rural areas—covering 6,100 small farmers, including 2,000 women farmers.
The project will set up community-based millet and legume processing facilities, provide access to training and more productive plant varieties. This project also educates buyers about the nutritional value of grain legumes to help boost demand.
Walmart offers a $2 million seed for AP farmers. Between 2011 and 2017, Walmart Foundation had funded training for 1.2 million farmers and farm workers in 15 countries, where women farmers made up more than half of those trained, with more than 600,000 benefitting directly.