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Walmart unveils new Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

Walmart has launched a new sustainable agriculture strategy in an effort to help small and medium sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products, and reduce the environmental impact of farming.

Mike Duke, Walmart president and CEO, commented on the plight of hundreds of millions around the globe who live on less than $2 per day saying. “Globally, with a booming population, food production must increase roughly 70 percent to feed 9 billion people in 2050.” Duke continued, “Our efforts will help increase farmer incomes, lead to more efficient use of pesticides, fertilizer and water, and provide fresher produce for our customers.”

The strategy is divided into three broad areas, each containing specific goals.

Support farmers and their communities

selling $1 billion in food sourced from 1 million small and medium farmers;
providing training to 1 million farmers and farm workers in such areas as crop selection and sustainable farming practices -- the company expects half of those trained to be women; and
increasing the income of the small and medium farmers it sources from by 10 to 15 percent.
In the U.S., Walmart will double its sale of locally sourced produce and increase its purchase of select U.S. crops.
Produce more food with fewer resources and less waste

accelerating the agricultural focus of the Sustainability Index, beginning with a Sustainable Produce Assessment for top producers in its Global Food Sourcing network in 2011;
investing more than $1 billion in its global fresh supply chain in the next five years; and,
reducing food waste in its emerging market stores and clubs by 15 percent and by 10 percent in stores and clubs in its other markets by the end of 2015.
Sustainably source key agriculture products

Require sustainably sourced palm oil for all Walmart private brand products globally by the end of 2015. Sourcing sustainable palm oil for our U.K. and U.S. private brand products alone will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 million metric tons by the end of 2015.
Expand the already existing practice of Walmart Brazil of only sourcing beef that does not contribute to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest to all of our companies worldwide by the end of 2015. It is estimated that 60 percent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is related to cattle ranching expansion.
In the U.S., Walmart’s Heritage Agriculture program will help the company double the sale of locally grown food. The program focuses on sourcing produce from states and regions with long histories of agricultural production. Sourcing examples include tomat