USAID and Walmart have joined forces to connect rural smallholder farmers in Central America to the retailer's regional and international supply chains.
The three-year, public-private partnership, which links Feed the Future with Walmart's Global Sustainable Agriculture Goals, will raise incomes through agricultural diversification and assist rural households to escape poverty.
It will link farmers to market opportunities as Walmart increases the number of small and medium-sized farms it sources from in the region. It will also support improved nutrition, as consumers will have greater access to diverse locally grown produce.
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Smallholder farmers will receive assistance to grow a wider variety of high-quality fruits and vegetables. In addition, the partnership will improve smallholder farmers' capacity to implement sound agricultural, environmental and natural resources management practices on their farms to promote more sustainable livelihoods.
The USAID-Walmart regional agreement builds on experience gained from previous collaborations in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The funding for the three-year agreement comes from USAID, Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, NGO partners, national governments, and other private sector partners.