Farmers trained in good labour practices
In 2010, one of suppliers who we buy 60% of our crop from identified 8 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 impact on global food security.
Investing in processing close to the farmers means they see a ready market for their crop. It also reduces transport and environmental costs for our business. Examples include cocoa processing n Côte d’Ivoire and our spices processed in India.
Continue to support smallholders with crop diversification for improved income and food security.
Just as a balanced diet is nutritionally diverse, so a healthy livelihood shouldn’t be overly reliant on one crop.
Encouraging farmers to diversify crops helps to stagger income and spread risk. It is also good for the soil. Farmers
can grow other crops for cash or for family needs. In Côte d’Ivoire, a cocoa programme, with various customer partners, is supporting women to grow cassava, a food staple. In 2016, our suppliers helped 11 women’s groups establish nurseries from 5,000 vitamin A fortified high-yielding cassava plants. These nurseries can now each produce 50,000 cassava plants every year.
Improve the livelihoods of farmers and communities through initiatives that enhance productivity and returns.