The goal is to provide training to 1 million farmers and farm workers, of which half will be women, in emerging markets.
By the end of FY2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation had contributed to training 564,321 farmers of which 297,655 were women. As of this date, funding was in place to reach a total of 837,449 farmers, including 475,537 women. During 2014, the Walmart Foundation funded four projects in Africa and Asia that will train 151,000 farmers, an estimated 79,967 being women.
Additionally, Walmart provides technical assistance to small and medium-sized growers in our supply chain through our various sourcing organizations, such as U.K.-based International Procurement and Logistics, U.S.-based Global Food Sourcing and Hortifruti in Central America.
Qiang BoPing: Improving yields for Chinese apple growers
Qiang BoPing is one of 200,000 Chinese apple growers learning sustainable agricultural practices through a program made possible by a Walmart Foundation grant to Cornell University and the University of California, Davis. Smallholder apple farmers in China face many production problems, including low productivity and poor fruit quality due to wide use of seedling rootstocks, overuse of fertilizers and rising labor costs. This training program addresses these and other key issues through a partnership with the provincial extension system and agricultural universities in both Shandong and Shaanxi Provinces. To date, 149,233 Chinese apple farmers have received training through the program. This training program has enabled apple farmers to adopt high-density planting systems on dwarfing rootstocks and associated sustainable management practices to improve yield, fruit quality and income on their family orchards while reducing the environmental impact of apple farming in China.
Women Owned and Minority Suppliers
Wal-Mart began its Minority & Women-Owned Business Development Program in 1994 and, since that time, has increased its number of minority and women-owned business suppliers.
The purpose of this program is to help develop the potential of minority and women-owned businesses that provide retail goods or services. The support WALMART offers is as varied as the individuals involved, but their goal is constant: to ensure the business approach reflects the broad marketplace. Through this program, assistance in locating resources, as well as guidance and consultation are available to help program participants to become Wal-Mart suppliers. But, whether they become a Wal-Mart supplier or not, the goal is to help them develop their individual businesses.
If your business is minority or woman-owned, Wal-Mart requires that you become certified by one of the authorized site certifying organizations. The National Minority Supplier Development Council or one of its regional affiliates certifies minority-owned firms and the Women Business Enterprise National Council certifies those firms considered women-owned.
If your business is both minority and woman-owned, you need only one of the previously mentioned certifications.
By becoming a certified Minority / Women-Owned Enterprise you do not only become a part of an organization committed to developing your firm. You also become part of a network that is supported by more than 3,500 corporate members including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. In addition, the regional affiliates help to match your firm with member corporations, which want to purchase goods and services. For example, in 1997, member corporations of NMSDC purchased more than $36.1 billion from its certified members. When you become certified, you become part of a database from which Wal-Mart and other Fortune 500 companies, ranging from retail outlets to service organizations, actively seek suppliers.
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