The Walmart Foundation has funded four projects bringing better agronomic practices to women working on farms in India.
Sustainable Trade Initiative Better Cotton Production
- The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) supports cotton producers in India in adopting Better Cotton Production principles: reducing use of water in cotton production; reducing use and impact of pesticides; improving soil health and biodiversity; promoting fair wages, equality of employment, proper health and safety; and improving profitability by introducing farm management practices that reduce input costs, maximize yield, improve quality and create a market for the 'Better Cotton' product.
- So far, the program has trained 60,000 farmers, including 4,922 women. The Walmart Foundation provided a grant of $650,000.
Agribusiness Systems International Sunhara Prayas Project
- Agribusiness Systems International’s Sunhara Prayas project facilitated increased socio-economic empowerment for 6,000 smallholder farmers – 5,000 of them women – in the vegetable value chain in four districts of Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh in India, through improved and inclusive horticultural production and marketing systems.
- This two-year program focused on empowering women through female-achieved, on-farm income gains and addressing barriers (market and social) that restrict their ability to access and exercise control over economic opportunities. The Walmart Foundation provided a grant of USD 1M.
TechnoServe Economic Development of Smallholder Vegetable Farmers Project
- The Technoserve project empowered farmers by upgrading farming practices and developing the local logistics connecting farmers to the formal retail sector.
- During the life of the project, TechnoServe delivered training to 10,043 farmers, 5,025 of whom were female farmers and farm workers. Additionally, the seven TechnoServe clusters successfully connected 296 farmers to the formal retail market.
- Farmers in these clusters sold 1,050 tons of produce worth INR 12,481,687 to Bharti-Walmart in addition to serving other retailers. Beyond the farmer training sessions at the Farmer Training and Collection Centers, TechnoServe provided women-specific training and empowered women to participate in incomegenerating farming activities. The Walmart Foundation provided a USD 670K.
Cashew Value Initiative
- The Cashew Value Chain Initiative, conducted in collaboration with CARE India, provided sustainable economic opportunity for 1,250 women in two coastal districts of Tamil Nadu.
- Three processing centers and eight satellite centers were located in villages to reduce commute time and facilitate strong participation. This initiative provided opportunities for vulnerable women to improve literacy and math skills, while also increasing their income.