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Farmers trained in good labour practicesIn 2010 one of our suppliers who we buy 60% of our crop from identified eight economic social and environmental principles to help smallholder communities become commercial rather than subsistence farmers.Perhaps more than any other sector agriculture faces huge environmental challenges that are interlocked and complex.

At a global scale, our operations and those of our suppliers are at risk of climate change poor soil quality and water scarcity which in turn impacts global food security.Investing in process is close to the farmers means they see a ready market for their crop. It also reduces transport and environmental cost for our business. Examples include cocoa processing in Côte d’Ivoire and our spices process and India.Continue to support small holders with a crop diversification for improved income and food security.

Just as a balanced diet is nutritionally diverse, so a healthy livelihood shouldn’t be over reliant on one crop. Encouraging farmers to diversify crops helps to stagger income and spread risk is also good for the soil.

Farmers can grow the crops for cash offer for family needs. In Cote d'Ivoire, a cocoa programme, with various customers partners, is supporting women to grow cassava, a food staple. In 2016, our suppliers helped 11 women’s groups establish nurseries from 5000 vitamin A fortified high yielding cassava plants.

These nurseries can now produce 50,000 cassava plants every year.

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