22 March 2023, Chennai: Samunnati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Madhya Pradesh facilitated by Heartfulness Institute, Hyderabad on 18th March 2023. This association aims to strengthen the Chief Minister’s Community Leadership Development Program (CMCLDP) of Madhya Pradesh, by redesigning the course curriculum on agriculture and rural economic empowerment, and enhancing the web portal and learning App to promote sustainable practices. Samunnati, jointly with the Madhya Pradesh Jan Abhyan Parishad (MPJAP) will be exploring opportunities to build capacity among MPJAP cadres under its Village Level Entrepreneurs initiative, leading to their overall socio-economic empowerment of the rural community in MP.
Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramin Vishwavidyalay (MGCGV), which strives to develop human resources for the economic and social development of rural people aims, through this tripartite partnership, to foster rural economic empowerment and develop a certification course for CMCLDP cadres.
Commenting on the partnership, Anil Kumar SG, Founder, and CEO of Samunnati said, “It’s indeed a great honor to collaborate with MP Jan Abhiyan Parishad and MGCGV for fostering multi-dimensional rural development and economic empowerment. Also, we are grateful to Heartfulness Institute for facilitating this partnership. Through this MOU, Samunnati is looking forward to engaging with the members of MP Jan Abhiyan for strengthening the livelihoods of rural communities by extending value-added services. We are pleased to provide support in expanding agricultural training and certifications to create a strong pipeline of trained personnel, who will further strengthen sustainable development programs in rural areas.”
Samunnati’s vision is to make the markets work for smallholder farmers. Today, Samunnati works exclusively to promote the livelihood and economic empowerment of smallholder farmers by working with farmer collectives, viz FPOs, Village Level Entrepreneurs, Cooperatives, and Agri Enterprises.
“Samunnati has partnered with Heartfulness Institute to spread the knowledge of good agricultural practices developed by Heartfulness with the farming community. To achieve this purpose, Samunnati and Heartfulness have jointly set up a Center of Excellence at the Heartfulness headquarters at Kanha Shantivanam which houses a collection center, procuring vegetables from farmers in 50+ villages, has a demo farm and other value-added services that can be adopted by farmers to increase their income” added Anil Kumar.
Samunnati, jointly with MGCGV, will be holding workshops and seminars and also redesigning the curriculum framework for introducing rural economic empowerment for the holistic development of society.
On the occasion, Gajendra Gautam, Regional Facilitator of Heartfulness Institute, Madhya Pradesh commented, “We are pleased to facilitate the partnership between MP Jan Abhiyan and Samunnati with the vision towards Aatmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh, developing self-reliant model villages through capacity building of the rural community. This collaboration will be contributing significantly towards the overall socio-economic prosperity of rural MP and create catalysts for social change and community leaders at the grassroots level as human capital.
In the past, a lot of committed action towards grassroot level rural transformation happened in MP through various government programs. Through this synergistic partnership, we aim to disseminate knowledge and advisory on sustainable agriculture, capacity building for farmer collectives, and improving the overall health, well-being, and happiness of the farming and rural community in the state of Madya Pradesh.
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