About LEAP

PRADAN is happy to announce "LEAP - Livelihoods Enhancement through market Access and women emPowerment", a two-year project supported by a philanthropic grant from the Walmart Foundation that aims to impact lives and livelihoods of 45,000 small holder women farmers (population of about 225,000 people), across the states of Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal in India. About 70 per cent of these target communities would be from the indigenous communities, recognised as Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) communities and the remaining would be from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) communities.

Registered FPOs

Mahila Farmer Producer Company Ltd
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Ranibandh Mahila Producer Company Ltd
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AAMON Mahila Chasi Producer Company Ltd.
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Banspal Farmers Producer Company Ltd.
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Field Stories

January 14, 2022

Diptimayee secures her ‘nutrition & money’ from a 0.05 acre Farm Pond
by Chandramani Sabar, Suakati

Diptimayee Nayak loves to eat fish. And, so do the other members of her six-member family, and most of the people living in Odisha (per capita fish consumption is 13.79kg/annum in Odisha, while the national average stands at 6.5 kgs per person).
January 12, 2022

Once Rupees Eleven, Now Forty Million: Aamon
by Sourangshu Banerjee, Kharika Mathani

Farmers of Nayagram block of West Bengal would work with all their might round the year to earn Rs.60,000 or so. That was all to meet their family expenses. Their crop looked exotic, but could never fetch handsome cash income from the local market.
October 25, 2021

Livestock, a profitable livelihood option
by Kamal Lochan Behera

Kadiganda, one of the remotest villages surrounded by dense forest in the Kandhamal district,has set a great precedent for others. Traditionally, the major source of livelihood was hunting in this area.
September 22, 2021

Innovation in Ginger Cultivation To Enhance Productivity
by Rasmi Ranjan Sahoo

Ginger is an important cash crop cultivated by the tribal farmers of Odisha for their livelihood. Odisha is environmentally suitable for, and has the highest area under ginger cultivation in the tribal belt of Kandhamal, Koraput and Keonjhar.
September 22, 2021

New Opportunities, New Identities
by Amit Prasad Dash

Rayagada is a tribal populated district in the southern part of Odisha. Each year it gets around 1200 mm rainfall. The primary occupation of the people of Rayagada is agriculture followed by wage labor. Paddy is the dominant crop, primarily grown for consumption though cotton is also cultivated in large patches, for commercial purposes.
September 1, 2021

Spicing Up Their Crop-Baskets
by Ishita Dixit

How it started Lakhimani Murmu, is an active member of Maniyardi Kadamjharna SHG in Maniyardi Village of Binpur II block of West Bengal. An ever-smiling Lakhimani, lives in a mud-house surrounded by forest, with her husband and two sons.

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