Partner IFAD Investment Project

Meghalaya Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project (Megha-LAMP)

To improve household incomes and the quality of life in rural areas through enterprise facilitation centers in all of Meghalaya’s 39 subdistricts.  

To expand sustainable livelihood opportunities adapted to the hill environment and to the effects of climate change.

The facilitation centers will support around 47,400 enterprises over the project’s eight-year lifespan. A total of 54 clusters for development of natural resources, food security and marketable crops will be established in 18 of the subdistricts.

Local market in Meghalaya, India.

Target areas
Meghalaya with Enterprise Facilitation Centre in all 39 blocks

Target beneficiaries
191,070 households in 1,350 village


  • Natural Resources and Food Security
  • Livelihoods Support with Sub-components on: (i) Enterprise development; (ii) Integrated production and marketing clusters; (iii) Livestock development; (iv) Marketing infrastructure; and (v) Rural finance
  • Knowledge Services
  • Project Management

Implementing agency
Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA)


FoodSTART+ main collaborative activities

  • Cassava value chain study
  • Piloting of FBS
  • Field evaluations of organic potato for ware and seed
  • Evaluation of storage options for seed potato and management of storage pests (with focus on Potato Tuber Moth)
  • Study for understanding farmers’ gendered perceptions of and responses to the state policy on organic potato farming
  • Introduction and evaluation of sweetpotato dual-purpose varieties (food and feed)
  • Preparation for learning visit to Central Potato Research Institute for Magha-LAMP staff
  • Scoping study
  • Stakeholder validation workshop
  • Potato value chain study
  • Value chain training and Farmer Business School (FBS) workshop
  • Training of Facilitators on FBS approach
  • FBS Refresher course and orientation
  • FBS Cross-learning visit to the Philippines
  • Silage learning visit to Vietnam
  • Silage training for Megha-LAMP and another investment project (FOCUS) staff, extension staff and FBS facilitators
  • Training and field demonstration on organic production of potato planting material for FBS participants
  • Piloting of gender checklist for action research
  • Piloting of gender-responsive participatory video technique
  • Participation in IFAD Country Office review for Megha-LAMP
  • Participation in two IFAD Country Office supervision missions to Megha-LAMP