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Tanager, Palladium project to improve market access for FPOs and MFCs

The three-year project, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will work with farmers, Government of Odisha, FPOs and MFCs to develop FPO ecosystem in the state
Tanager, Palladium project to improve market access for FPOs and MFCs
FPO meeting in progress (Representational image)

In order to increase the profitability and sustainability of farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and market facing companies (MFCs) in Odisha, Tanager along with Palladium has launched the Promotion and Stabilization of Farmer Producer Organizations (PSFPO) project. This three-year project, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), will work with farmers, Government of Odisha, FPOs and MFCs to develop FPO ecosystem in the state, to better implement policies and interventions for FPO strengthening, to streamline access to markets and to prepare farmers to interact with the private sector.

This project takes both a top down and bottom-up approach to creating impact for FPOs and MFCs. Tanager will be leading on the management and on-farm activities for the project. With its experience working with FPOs and MFCs throughout India, Tanager will work to improve FPO management, support market linkages between FPOs and the private sector, and improve gender equity. PSFPO will address gender inequity in FPOs and MFCs 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. Odisha is one of the leading states in India to adopt holistic FPO policy and is an important partner in development and success of FPOs and MFCs.

“In India, farmer producer organisations are a key entry point to increase smallholder farmers’ 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, Country Representative – India, Tanager said.

“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.” said, Shivani Manaktala, Director, The Palladium.

Tanager is an international non-profit organisation that brings people together at the table, on the ground, and across supply chains to co-create economic and social opportunities that change lives. Palladium is a global impact firm, working to link social progress and commercial growth. For the past 50 years, it has been helping clients to see the world as interconnected – by formulating strategies, building partnerships, and implementing programmes that transform societies, economies and lives of people.

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