Walmart Promotes Sustainable Agriculture on the Isthmus

From 8 to 10 November, international executives from Walmart will analyse in Costa Rica sourcing strategies for directly purchasing fruit and vegetables from growers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A press release from Walmart Mexico and Central America states:

From 8 to 10 November, international executives from Walmart will analyze sourcing strategies for buying direct from fruit and vegetable growers, based on the model used in the rest of Central America.

They will also seek to contribute actions and recommendations that will enable all Walmart operations to meet its sustainable agriculture targets, which were launched worldwide in 2010. By 2015, Walmart is committed to selling $1 billion worth of food supplied by 1 million small and medium-scale farmers in emerging markets, providing training to 1 million farmers and their workers (of which half are expected to be women) and increasing the income of the small and medium-scale farmers in emerging markets that supply the company by 10 to 15 percent.

Participants in the First Summit of Direct Purchase from Growers, held at the headquarters of INCAE in Costa Rica, include representatives from agricultural suppliers, perishable goods suppliers and sustainability technicians from Walmart from the 29 countries where it does business.

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