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Monday, April 30, 2018

'BEST' Farmer Producer Company in Ropar!

Farmers at the Rupnagar Farmer Producer Company in Ropar, Punjab are jumping for joy!  They've bagged ‘the best FPO in the state’ Award - a much lauded award by NABARD. 
And why?  Because since its inception in 2013, it has grown from just 10 shareholders, to 253 shareholders today - and are expecting to expand to 500 shareholders in the near future.
Additionally, RFPCL has scaled its biomass supply in a big way - from just 450 MT to 8831 MT, earning a profit of 7.65 lakh. 
In an event held in January 2018, the award was presented by Shri Rajendra Singh Bajwa (Minister, Rural Development & Panchayat, GoP) in the presence of other dignitaries including Mr. Nirmal Chand (Regional Director, RBI), Mr. Sanjay Kumar (GM, SBI), Mr. Viswajeet Khanna (Additional Secretary – Rural Development) and Mr. Deepak Kumar (CGM, NABARD).
Established in 2013 by Ambuja Cement Foundation, the FPC has regular trainings and exposure visits - enabling shareholders of the company to expand their businesses manifold, through  activities such as biomass supply, agriculture input trading and farm machinery bank.
This has set a huge benchmark for the other FPCs initiated with help from ACF, to follow suit and be recognised for their efforts.

3 New SEDI Centres Launched

ACF recently launched three new skill training centres in Gujarat and Uttarakhand - taking the total number of SEDI to 27. The newly launched centres are in Rajula (Gujarat), Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and Haridwar (Uttarakhand).
ACF collaborated with APM Terminal Pipavav for SEDI Rajula, with a target to train 3700 trainees in the next five years. Currently the centres offer vocational training in welding, fitting, BPO, general duty assistant and PCB assembly operation. Nearly 10 students have already been trained in the first batch. 
The centres in Haridwar and Roorkee is running courses in trades such as electrical, beauty and wellness and fitting-fabrication.
ACF’s Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (SEDI) has established a successful model for skill training and ACF currently has centres across 9 states in India.

NEW ACF Website Goes Live!

 Ambuja Cement Foundation has unveiled a new website which more effectively outlines the depth and breadth of work being done to foster rural prosperity across India.
The website www.ambujacementfoundation.org has been revamped to make it more user-friendly and now exhibits the ‘new look and feel’ that is in sync with the organisation’s new brand identity.
We are eager to know how you liked our effort. Please do share your feedback at communications.acf@ambujacement.com

ACF @ Global Economic Summit - Mumbai

ACFs efforts in strengthening the value chain for cotton farmers was showcased at the recent Global Economic Summit, held in February in Mumbai.
The focus of the summit was ‘Global Value Chain – accelerating MSME growth, development and sustainability’ and Ms Anagha Mahajani (GM, Research & Monitoring) made a detailed presentation in a session ‘Leveraging the Power of Global Value Chains’
Working in partnership with Better Cotton Initiative, ACF has been supporting cotton farmers to promote sustainable cotton production by reducing environmental adversities and enriching the value chain.
Expanding from 2500 farmers to 81380 farmers and an area coverage from 2900 hectare to 1.28 lakh hectare in a short span of 7 years, Ambuja Cement Foundation has come a long way through BCI. Last year itself, ACF has expanded its outreach from 44,000 to 81,380; a whopping 85% growth!
BCI farmers are not only earning better profits, but are also technically sound. They are confidently progressing with peer-learning approach and have developed a better capacity for quality production and fetching better prices in the market. While farmers are content and their families doing better, the initiative has also earned ACF the membership in BCI Global Council.
Under the project, ACF has worked on the holistic development of farmers – right from building knowledge, unleashing their collective power and developing the market linakges.

Ambuja Bags Gujarat CSR Award

 Adding one more feather in the cap, Ambuja Cement has bagged a prestigious award from the Gujarat CSR Authority, for strategic and cohesive partnerships in Kodinar, Gujarat.
The award was given for ACF’s water resource management and agricultural based livelihoods programs, and was handed over by Hon. Governor of Gujarat, Om Prakash Kohli, in the presence of Chairman, GCSRA, Maheshwar Sahu and CEO, GCSRA, A M Tiwari.
Mr. Tiwari mentioned that work done by ACF was not transactional in nature, but transformative and was widely recognised by several players in the industry.
Kodinar, the first location of ACF, is a salinity prone region - a condition which dramatically impacted agriculture, the key driver of the local economy. ACF, with various partner organisations including government, national and international development agencies along with corporates, undertook the building of check dams, tidal regulators, the interlinking of canals, and filling of mined out pits to increase the ground table of freshwater.
And all these efforts have yielded encouraging results. A study conducted in 2015 showed ACF’s water program having yielded 13 times social return on investment in Kodinar region.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations Continue

Over 1000 people have turned out in style, to celebrate the silver jubilee of Ambuja Cement Foundation at Bhatapara (Chhatisgarh), Chandrapur (Maharashtra) and Rabriyawas (Rajasthan).
At Bhatapara, the occasion was graced by Mr. Rajesh Singh Rana, District Collector - Baloda Bazar, Bhatapara, Mr. B. L Taparia, Director - Ambuja Cements Limited, Ms. Pearl Tiwari, Director ACF and Mr. Rajesh Kothari, Manufacturing Cluster Head - East. Other dignitaries present at the event were Mr. Arun Jha, Unit Head - Sankrail and Mr. Sariputta Mishra, Mines Head - Raigad, whose presence and support was noteworthy in making the program a great success.
Speaking about ACF’s journey, Mr. Taparia said, “The founders of our company were very clear to nurture community development as a separate entity so that we gave equal importance to the community’s growth as much as to the growth of our business.  This is why ACF was registered as a separate organization. The vision of Mr. Narotam Sekhsaria and Mr. Suresh Neotia is yielding such encouraging results 25 years later and we should all feel proud.”
At Chandrapur, The Chief Guest at the event was Mr. Vilas Deskmukh, Chief Marketing Officer, Ambuja Cements Limited. Other special guests were – Mr. Sushilkumar Thakur (Manufacturing Cluster Head-W&S), Ms. Pearl Tiwari (CEO and Director, ACF), Mr. Sushiklkumar Paneri (Unit Head), Mr. Vijay Agrawal (Technical Head, MCW), Mr. Sanjeeva Rao (Commercial Head- MCW) and Mr. Ajitnath Tele (DDM, NABARD, Chandrapur). The event witnessed participation from ACL and ACF employees and their families and community members.
Speaking of Sakhis, ACF’s village health functionaries, Mr. Thakur reminisced about the initial days of their training. He said, “I still cannot forget how happy and excited the Sakhis were to wear the uniform provided by ACF. I congratulate ACF for their extraordinary work and achievements not only in health but in other programs too.”
Adding to this, Ms. Pearl Tiwari added, “We were apprehensive in the beginning that the community members would handle issues as sensitive as health. However, it was our determination and community’s dedication that we could set an example and implement this program on such a large scale.”

In Rabriyawas, Mr. G V Rama Krishna - Unit Head congratulated the entire ACF team for the zeal and enthusiasm with which they have set an example of amazing transformation in the villages. 

Its was encouraging to hear the voices from the ground too. Ms Chanda Ramgirwar, member - Chandrapur Women's Federation thanked ACF for helping women in villages gain self confidence and prove their worth in the community. Ms. Neetu Kumari, SEDI graduate from Chirawa shared her experiences with SEDI and the way her life was transformed after getting a job - that enables her to take care of her children and family.
Celebrations will continue in the coming months as other locations join in the celebrations of ACF’s 25th Anniversary.

Partnering for Livelihoods

Godrej Agrovet Ltd and Ambuja Cement Foundation have come together to ‘double farmer’s incomes’ and improve standards of living via a Sustainable Livelihood Development Initiative in the Raipur district of Chattisgarh.
The initiative will cover 5 villages of Tilda block in Raipur, with a focus on strengthening livelihoods, primarily through agriculture and livestock development.
The five selected villages of Tilda have 1121 households and 2620 population.