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Incorporating Small Producers into Formal Retail Supply Chains

This report was supported by a grant from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and produced through a collaboration between The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan and Oxford University Consulting. It examines the lessons learned from Walmart’s engagement of small producers in developing countries in two arenas. The first includes a series of efforts over the past ten years to incorporate smallholder farmers into Walmart’s agricultural supply chain. The second effort, Empowering Women Together, endeavored to sell handicrafts made by women-empowering cooperatives through Walmart.com.

Increasing the productivity of small producers and facilitating access to markets, are key pathways to sustainable, and scalable poverty alleviation in developing countries.

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