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Women cultivating community partnerships

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Bayer Hawaii

Bayer Hawaii

From educating Hawaii’s youth to empowering women, Bayer has implemented initiatives and programs dedicated to giving back to the community. Various initiatives include the statewide Wahine to Wahine program (W2W), the Sweet Corn fundraiser on Molokai, and education programs for school gardens, monarch butterfly reproduction, and bike safety, among others.

Our W2W network, is a voluntary community of women interested in agriculture both professionally and personally. The women come from a wide range of careers in agriculture that include communications, conservation, field work, human resources, government affairs, and research. Together, representing second and third generations of farmers, we have more than 100 years of experience within the agriculture industry.

The purpose of the Wahine to Wahine network is to dedicate time to volunteerism and community service projects that support families and children in need; create learning and mentorship opportunities for women in agriculture; and support Hawaii’s youth through education programs.

Some examples include:

Collected, assembled and donated 100 personal hygiene bags and 71 pairs of slippers to Child & Family Service on Molokai, for the benefit of children in crisis.

Participated in a GO PINK fundraising campaign hosted by the Maui Police and Fire Departments, to benefit cancer patients in Maui County.

Visited local farms, connected with other women in ag and the community, and learned about healthy lifestyles from experts in food and nutrition.

Supported STEM learning through school tours and volunteering at educational events like the Science Symposium for Girls, 4-H Expo and Hawaii STEM Conference

In addition to the efforts of W2W, Bayer supports Hawaii’s students and schools through college scholarships and grants for STEM education, including educational robotics, environmental science projects, school gardens and supplies for science classrooms. In 2015, more than $35,000 in scholarships and approximately $50,000 in grants were given to students and/or schools in Hawaii.

According to the USDA, about one million women farmers make up 35 percent of total farmers in America. In Hawaii, the percentage is slightly higher, where 42 percent of the state’s farmers are women.

To learn more about Bayer’s Wahine to Wahine program visit: Bayer Crop Science Hawaii

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