To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to engage with grassroots farmers organisations and related civil society groups in India to review the UK-India Infrastructure Technical Co-Operation Facility aid project and the Conceptual Framework on Agriculture to find ways in which it can be improved to support small and subsistent local farmers.
23 March 2021
The UK-India Infrastructure Technical Co-Operation Facility is a programme which has focused on infrastructure for transportation, telecommunication, water supply and sanitation, urban infrastructure and emerging areas like renewable energy. There have been no projects relating to agriculture or agri-infrastructure under this programme. Through the FCDO's Conceptual Framework on Agriculture, we support small-scale farmers to grow sustainably by improving market access and finance, using approaches specific to local context.