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: 

  •  Synthesize key stakeholders’ insights to suggest future directions for collaborative work nationally as well as regionally.

  •  Collectively discuss the challenges faced by FPOs in terms of support, investments, and capacity building.

  • Discuss current institution-building attempts and the state of research on FPO.

  • Piloting facilitation methods for creating learning sessions for participants, mainly FPO BoDs and staff.

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. This "Open-Source" and "Modular" manual was released at the conference.

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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
 FPO Manual and Review of Literature on FPOs

Prof. Shambu Prasad

Professor, IRMA.
Coordinator- 'Living Farm Incomes' project

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Parthasarathy T

Welthungerhilfe

Prof. Tushaar Shah

Former Director of IRMA

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Balakrishnan

Vrutti

Ramalakshmi

APMAS

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

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Strengthening collectives: Markets, Institutions and CBO perspective

Aditya Maruvada

Safe Harvest

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Vishnu Pillai

Gujpro

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Prateek Abraham

IFHD

Ajit Kanitkar

VAF

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Arpit Jain 

SPS

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FPO Financing – Challenges and Opportunities

Sankar Datta

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Dheeraj Mutreja

Rabobank

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Himanshu Vaghela

FWWB

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

Asish Mondal

ASA

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Anish Kumar

NAFPO

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Prof Shambu Prasad

IRMA

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Release of working paper
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Gautham Prateek

Xavier University

Co-Authored with Prof.Shambu

"Farming Futures : An annotated bibliography on Farmer Producer Organisations in India"