The Project

Phase II: Scaling up Small Millet Post-harvest and nutritious food products project

The main objective of the project is to ‘develop and apply ways for scaling up small millet processing and value addition technologies to reduce drudgery of women and improve the nutritional (and diet-related health) security in India’. This project is a scale up project of two earlier CIFSRF projects and attempts to address the factors limiting consumption of small millets, mainly drudgery related to dehulling of the small millets faced by the women and inadequate availability of ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat small millet products in local markets at affordable prices. The project plans to scale up appropriate scale small millets processing equipment and appealing small millet food products. The project is implemented by DHAN Foundation in collaboration with McGill University, Canada, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University from 2016.

Project objectives:

  1. Scaling up- To scale up the reach of de-hulling and processing equipment and appealing small millet food products.

  2. Testing models and approaches- To test different business, market development and service provision approaches across the small millets value chain to improve consumption of small millets in rural and urban areas.

  3. Informing decision-making- To inform key policy makers and other important stakeholders on the best practices and policy interventions needed for scaling up the adoption of small millets processing and value addition technologies.

  4. Capacity building- To build the awareness and capacity of end users and consumers of small millets processing equipment and value-added millet-based food products.

Expected results:

  1. Increased capacity of up to five equipment manufacturers to meet varying dehulling / processing equipment requirements at village, micro enterprise and SME levels in India.

  2. Increased capacity of 10 SMEs, 150 micro enterprises and 3 FPOs for expanding the reach of appealing small millet products to over 150,000 consumers on a sustainable basis.

  3. Develop a proven business model for increasing the availability of dehulling equipment and adoption of small millet products in India.

  4. Inform policymakers on best practices and policies for increasing the availability and consumption of small millets.

  5. Increased awareness and familiarity about suitable small millets processing equipment and small millets food products among the end users, especially women, civil society groups and SMEs.

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