STDF’s spices value chain project goes live in India

In the run-up to International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020 more women farmers in India will get support to improve their livelihoods under STDF’s new project in the spices value chain.

The STDF project was launched in Kerala on February 22, 1010, with the Spices Board India and the FAO, as part of five new projects set to drive the growth of the spices sector in the country. During the launch, the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Som Parkash, set out how the new projects will bring opportunities to double the incomes of spice farmers, integrate them into global value chains and allow them to compete in the world market.

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Spice farmers, exporters can help India become a USD 5-trillion economy, and a global powerhouse, by 2020-2024.”Som Parkash, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India.

Women are heavily involved in spices in India from sowing, transplanting and weeding to harvesting, post-harvesting and pre-processing. The project, which will run over the next three years, will help women farmers to produce higher-quality products and get higher prices, improving their social and financial status.

“The project is expected to help to boost incomes of small-scale farmers, empower women and other marginalised (tribal) communities, and support efforts to reduce poverty in the selected project areas in India.” Ramesh Babu Natarajan, Scientist, Spices Board India.

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•             STDF is providing over USD 0.5 million as part of the overall USD 0.9 million project.

•             1200 farmers – the majority of them women – across 4 districts will get support.

•             Focus: food safety in the production, post-harvest, processing and trade of cumin, fennel, coriander and black pepper. The aim is to replicate these models nationwide.

•             Farmers and other actors will be trained on good agricultural and hygiene practices.

•             An expanded electronic portal, the E-spice Bazaar, will upgrade market linkages.

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