Strengthening farmer collectives: National level workshop on FPOs
About the workshop

This national workshop on "Strengthening farmer collectives" was organized by IRMA's incubator, ISEED in collaboration with APMAS, NAFPO and Green Colleges on 7th March 2019. This workshop sought to: 

 

  •  Think through and suggest directions for the next few years based on synthesizing some of the key stakeholders’ insights.

  • Strengthen coalitions for more effective sharing on specific challenges being faced by FPOs by thinking together. This relates to the quantum of support or investments, challenges in augmenting capacities of both FPOs and the resource institutions.

  • Have focused discussions on current institution-building attempts and the state of research on FPO.

  • Provide specific ideas for future collaborative work nationally as well as regionally (in Gujarat and neighboring states).

Under the Green Innovation Centre Programme and with SkillGreen, an incubation of WHH (Welthungerhilfe) and NSFI (National Skills Foundation of India), a trainers’ manual has been developed as per the ASCI (Agriculture Skill Council of India) framework. Facilitation methods for creating learning sessions for participants - mainly FPO BoDs and staff, have also been piloted. This "Open-Source" and "Modular" manual was released at the conference.

Workshop resources

Spread over a day and six sessions with over 15 different speakers, the national workshop saw a rich set of discussions on what was required to strengthen farmer collectives in terms of training, institution building, and policies. This section provides a glimpse into the speaker profiles and the ideas that they shared during the workshop. 

Inaugural session
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Prof.Shambu Prasad
Coordinator ISEED
Workshop overview and objectives
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Parthasarathy Thiruvenkadam
Green Colleges
About the FPO Manual and Review of Literature on FPOs
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Prof. Tushaar Shah
Former director of IRMA
Institution Building in FPOs
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Balakrishnan
Vrutti
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Ramalakshmi
APMAS
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Divakar
NIRD
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R. S. Reddy
BIRD/NABARD
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Ashok Vyas
AKRSP(I)
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C.S. Reddy
APMAS

Strengthening collectives: Markets, Institutions and CBO perspective

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Aditya Maruvada
Safeharvest
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Pratheek Abraham
IFHD
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Arpit Jain
SPS
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Vishnu Pillai
Gujpro
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Ajit Kanitkar
VAF

FPO Financing – Challenges and Opportunities

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Sankar Datta
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Dheeraj Mutreja
Rabobank
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Himanshu Vaghela
FWWB

Policy and Guidelines for FPOs 2.0 : Strengthening the FPO network and policy

Working paper release - " Farming Futures - Annotated bibliography on FPOs in India"

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Asish Mondal
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Anish Kumar
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Prof. Shambu Prasad
ASA
NAFPO

Release of working paper titled "Farming Futures : An annotated bibliography on Farmer Producer Organisations in India"

Gautam Prateek
Xavier University Bhubaneshwar
Co-author along with Prof. Shambu Prasad