‘Vivaswa’, is a social enterprise working on Millet Value chain. It was started in September 2016 to address the issues of poverty and malnutrition in Cuddapah by increasing demand, enhancing production and productivity and ensuring markets for the produce thereby making millets affordable in the long term.
‘Vivaswa’ works with farmers by creating farmer sanghas and supports the members in all aspects of pre-production, production and post production operations. The organization’s strategy includes conservation, productivity enhancement, value addition, post-harvest processing and promotion activities to raise profiles of small millets. As part of the initiative, a full-fledged Millet processing unit with the ability to ability to process 2 tonnes per day was set up in in DD Padu of Kurnool.
‘Vivaswa’ partners with other NGO’s working in the areas of agriculture, dry land farming practices and sustainability and with their help makes provides training and makes seed available to farmers. They have also has partnered with a primary school in Tadakanpalli Village to work on combating Nutrition deficiency and Anaemia among children through introduction of millets in their diet. This is a pilot program which intends to understand the nutritional importance of millets.