The creation of a cooperative dal (lentil) processing business to be owned by local farmers. This market-based intervention stands to improve incomes 50+% for over 1,000 tribal families
Dals (Lentils) are extensively grown by farmers in tribal areas of Udaipur. Socially marginalized and poor farmers sell their produce directly in raw form, which passes through a series of intermediaries, including several layers of traders, processing mills and wholesalers/retailers. Farmers, in this commodity-chain, are systematically exploited due to asymmetries in information and other inefficiencies. The farmers ultimately receive less than 1/3 of prevailing retail price of processed dals
Getting the farmer-group registerd into an organization, train them for processing, acquire land, build infrastructure, install machinery & market their finished dal. With this poor farmers will receive more equitable returns for their hard work.
Setting up a dal-mill allows farmers to engage in value addition & more profits. Later more than 1000 families will participate in the venture to see a 15-50% increase in their incomes. It’ll also impact on their better health & nutrition levels.
Progress in rural India will be limited until new industry comes forth for the benefit of farming communities. - Arun Gupta, America India Foundation Fellow
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,898
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $12,101
Total Funding Goal: $17,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).