Economic and Empowerment Impacts of Millets Processing and Value Addition Enterprise by Women SHGs in Tribal Areas of Odisha
Engaging the poor in livelihood programs through women self-help groups (SHGs) is a widely used strategy by state governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India. However, these projects have typically not been implemented in such a way as to facilitate a rigorous evaluation of their impacts. Given the societal and developmental importance of these livelihood initiatives, and given the significant public investments to support them, this knowledge gap is of great importance. It is important to fill this gap and provide some of the first rigorous evidence on the impact of a specific livelihood intervention. The project team, in cooperation with the Odisha Livelihoods Mission, is proposing a randomized evaluation of collective-based millet processing and value addition enterprises under Odisha Millets Mission (OMM).