Commodity: Vegetable Value Chain
KAUSHALYA Foundation (KF),founded in 2007, is a non-government, nonprofit organization that works with rural and urban poor engaged in agriculture and food sector. The team comprises of professionals motivated to use their knowledge and skills to address the issues of poverty by working with the people at the grassroots. While working towards enabling the poor and underprivileged mass of the society, KF collaborates extensively with government institutions, financial institutions, market institutions, voluntary organizations, and academic & research bodies.
KF stepped into vegetable supply chain as this much ignored field gave ample opportunity to improve the socio-economic condition at the grass root level and break the intergenerational transfer of poverty. To develop a sustainable farm to fork model whilst bringing socio-economic gain to the stake holders was instinctively synchronous to the founding vision of KF.
Kaushalya Foundation (KF) in Bihar is working with rural and urban poor engaged in agriculture and food sector. KF's role in relation to the RBH project is to mobilize farmers and motivate them to join Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) while facilitating design and implementation of training and extension services to farmers to strengthen vegetable value chain. It will also facilitate farmer's access to finance and assist them in assessing credit need. It, currently, is working with four farmer producer companies.
KNIDS GREEN Pvt. Ltd. (KGPL),registered as a Private Limited Company under The Companies Act, 1956, is founded by management professionals from the top B-Schools of India having wide experience in the field of agri-business and retailing.
It started its journey in January 2008, with a small outlet and a unique concept of selling packaged & branded vegetables through branded Refrigerated Push Carts under the brand name of SamriddhiiTM in Patna, Bihar. Since then, it has taken big strides towards achieving its goal of organizing the informal fruit and vegetable supply chain by empowering street vendors and farmers to achieve livelihood security, higher incomes and the social security, and generating livelihood opportunities, creating market space, shopping malls, Bazaars and other market areas in order to connect street vendors and growers to the mainstream market. Under its policy of integrating with backward link, it has established collection centers in hinterland of Bihar and collecting vegetables directly from small, marginal and landless vegetable growing farmers.
KGPL is providing the market linkage to the mobilized and trained communities four in FPCs. The KGPL will ensure that necessary post harvest infrastructure is created and sustainable market supply chain is developed with robust forward linkages.
eKutir ventured in to Social Business with an aim to direct its approaches and models towards development of the farmer using Information and Communication Technology , encouraging last mile social entrepreneurs and defining a participatory mode for sustainability. It is an exclusive partner to Grameen Intel Social Business at the International Level for the development of farmer centric IT applications, by simplifying the challenges of technological adaptability and affordability. It has established its credentials not only in India but also outside India and as a recognition of their initiatives, has been taken as a Board of Trustees of GKPF (Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation),an International Organisation promoting ICT as an important tool for Development.
In the Project, eKutir will integrate all the ICT applications in the ecosystem developed by KF and KGPL at the Farmer Level and at the Consumer level.