IDEI grant is a part of the Walmart Foundation's

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IDEI grant is a part of the Walmart Foundation's Ten thousand smallholder farmers in Andhra Pradesh are set to benefit from the introduction of sustainable irrigation products and practices under a program offered by International Development Enterprises - India (IDEI) and supported with funding from the Walmart Foundation. 

Providing a grant of US $750,000, the Walmart Foundation will help IDEI take its integrating smallholder farmers Into market systems program to ten districts in the state, said IDEI in a press statement. The program aims to introduce sustainable irrigation products and practices and create a complementary support ecosystem that will boost farm yields, reduce negative environmental impacts, and increase market access and smallholder farmer income. 

More than 62% of the population of Andhra Pradesh are dependent on agriculture, and lack access to irrigation systems or other technologies to help them improve their productivity and income. 

“Income poverty affects 1.3 billion people around the world and is a huge challenge. But simple solutions, like affordable modern irrigation, can make a massive difference. We have already helped more than 8 million people of farming families improve their output and standard of living, and we are determined to now do the same for tens of thousands of smallholders in Andhra Pradesh,” said Amitabha Sadangi, Chief Executive of IDEI. 

The IDEI grant is a part of the Walmart Foundation’s commitment, announced in September 2018, to invest US $25 million (approximately Rs 180 crores) in philanthropic initiatives to improve farmer livelihoods in India over the next five years. “We are pleased to support organizations such as IDEI who have expertise and a solid track record in strengthening farmers’ agricultural skills. This approach helps to create sustainable livelihoods for farmers by increasing production and helps to preserve important natural resources for the future”, said Karrie Denniston, senior director, Walmart Foundation. 

The program is expected to generate an additional $7.4 million in annual farming income in the state at the end of the project period, with individual gains of $400 per smallholder farmer household per year, it said. Substantial water savings in agriculture are also anticipated, amounting to 33.4 million cubic metre of water saved for the state during the program. 

Sustainable agricultural products with practices are the keystone of the IDEI program. It will target smallholder farming families with irrigation interventions and support for market-oriented development. Introducing sustainable irrigation will help smallholder farmers increase the planting and harvesting window, increase yields, and enable greater crop variety and productivity, unlocking new market opportunities. It will also generate cost savings and reduce negative environmental impact by curbing excess water and Fossil Fuel consumption. 

IDEI will also work to catalyze an ecosystem of entrepreneurs to provide access to affordable water-use productivity technologies and practices and for the maintenance and upkeep of these system These complementary activities can further enhance economic opportunities in the target regions of Andhra Pradesh.

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By BOA Bureau