Sustainable Coffee Farming Training Programme

Country: Philippines

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012

Sustainable Coffee Farming Training Programme
TRAINING PROGRAMME:A classroom at the Nestlé Experimental and Demonstration Farm in Tagum, The Philippines.

Since the 1960s, Nestlé Philippines has sought to increase the income of local coffee farmers by improving their coffee-growing methods. In 1994, we established the Nestlé Experimental and Demonstration Farm in Tagum, where 6,000 coffee farmers have been trained on the most efficient ways of growing coffee.

Programme description

Through regular visits to farmers, we reinforce the importance of good plantation management, such as weeding, fertilising, composting and pruning, as well as efficient harvesting and processing methods. Our sustainable farming system also encourages farmers to plant other crops between rows of coffee trees, to provide them with regular additional or alternative income. We directly purchase locally produced coffee, based on market price and quality, at our buying stations around the country. The system allows small coffee growers to sell their beans – even as little as one kilogramme at a time.

Value to Society

We harvest our green coffee beans in December and given that we are in the mountainous area, it’s hard for us to dry the beans properly. With the help of Nestlé’s agronomists, we will soon install the drying equipment we need to meet the moisture requirements set during coffee buying Gina Mangalindan, coffee farmer, Orani, The Philippines

Value to Nestlé

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