Farmer nutrition

Our commitment: Improve food availability and dietary diversity among the farmers who supply us



Our commitment: Improve food availability and dietary diversity among farmers who supply us

Farmers and their families sometimes have insufficient food or dietary diversity for themselves, particularly in parts of Africa. This can lead to health and other problems. We need to take what we have learned about this issue, and work with local non‑governmental organisations (NGOs) to build the necessary framework to overcome this.

Our progress to date

During 2016, we gathered more detailed information on dietary diversity in Mexico and the Philippines, and commissioned further detailed research in Kenya. We were part of a study to gather similar information in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and already hold information from Indonesia and China. Based upon insights from these studies, we are designing programmes to support farmers and their families to improve food availability and diversity. We train farmers on nutrition, promote intercropping, and help farmers develop and maintain kitchen gardens and livestock.

In 2016, we introduced the concept of house gardening and growing vegetables for home use in Indonesia. We are also taking our Nestlé Healthy Kids programme to rural areas in Indonesia, the Philippines and Kenya. We continue working with Solidaridad to improve food security for farmers in Kenya and Ethiopia by increasing production and incomes. Solidaridad trains farmers on nutrition and coffee production, and developing intercropping to improve incomes, while we are developing training and support for kitchen gardens to improve nutrition.

Our objective towards 2020

By 2020: Improve food availability and dietary diversity in five priority sourcing locations based upon the results of the RDF baselines.


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