Market Access

We seek to help remove barriers to market access for smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs, so they can improve their livelihood. works to address systemic barriers that prevent smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs from increasing their market access and improving their livelihoods. We seek to fund programs that not only address these barriers, but also focus on sustainable practices and the empowerment and inclusion of women.

Our philanthropy is focused on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Mexico, Central America and India and creating opportunity for individuals to start small enterprises in South Africa by investing in practices and tools that help increase their capacity, skills and market access.

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Our Focus Areas

Our philanthropy is focused on two areas:
Enhancing Farmer Livelihoods in Mexico, Central America and India aims to support programs that help smallholder farmers increase their income through strengthening farmer producer organizations (groups of farmers working together to sell to markets) and by helping those farmers to develop business and technical skills. In 2018, the Walmart Foundation committed $25 million over five years towards smallholder farmer economic opportunity initiatives in India, with funding for projects that improve market access and help create sustainable livelihoods for farmers.

Grantee Spotlight

The Walmart Foundation awarded a grant to Heifer International for work in central and southern Mexico. Heifer is helping more than 6,000 smallholder farmers strengthen business management practices, connect with off-takers for their products and access capital needed to help their businesses grow.

Supporting Market Access for Small Enterprises in South Africa

Our investments in South Africa are helping small enterprise owners in underserved areas achieve more economic stability through a combination of providing business education, leveraging technology and helping to forge stronger market connections.

Grantee Spotlight

The Walmart Foundation’s grant to the Wildlands Conservation Trust in South Africa, for example, helps support training of up to 225 micro- and small-business entrepreneurs, specifically in rural areas where job opportunities are scarce. The training is designed to give these individuals the foundation they need to build more successful businesses and the ability to earn a formally-recognized course accreditation.

Applications are by invitation only for 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.