Sustainable Agriculture Coffee Initiative

Location: Mexico

Impact Area

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

Sustainable Agriculture Coffee Initiative
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE:In Puebla, Mexico, coffee seedlings provided through The Nescafé Plan are loaded onto a truck, ready to be planted.

Nestlé Mexico provides technical assistance and training to around 1,750 coffee suppliers in the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz, who between them have approximately 3 million coffee plants. The training covers such issues as quality control, less energy intensive coffee drying techniques, marketing and the installation of greenhouses.

Programme description

A key step in post-harvesting is the transformation from freshly harvested cherries into dry beans. This can be achieved by drying the cherries in the sun or by wet processing, but wet processing often consumes unnecessary amounts of water. To improve water management in local coffee production, Nestlé Mexico’s “Ecological Milling” Initiative works with government, coffee exporters, mills, local farmers and coffee equipment companies to reduce water use.

The initiative has also been promoted by the Mexican government to others in the Mexican coffee milling industry.

Value to Society

Under the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative of Nestlé (SAIN), our approach to promoting the principles and practice of sustainable agriculture among suppliers and producers, we have also collaborated with the National Forest and Agricultural Research Institute (INIFAP) for more than 25 years. With the installation of an experimental laboratory for somatic embryogenesis – an effective propagation technique – in Rosario Izapa, Chiapas, our partnership has resulted in the production of high-quality coffee beans and attracted international sponsorship.

Our programme of assistance also includes:

  • Support for the Micro-Region Supporting Programme, a government initiative that helps the poorest 250 municipalities in the country, by focusing our training programme on 1,500 coffee growers from 60 communities in Tezonapa, one of the country’s poorest locations
  • Establishing the Centro Comunitario Nestlé, in alliance with the Fondo para Niños de México, to offer complimentary education, health and dentistry services to more than 1,000 children of local farmers

Value to Nestlé

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