Enhancing rural development and livelihoods
A growing global population means rising demand for food, but agriculture is facing many challenges. By understanding those challenges, identifying solutions and measuring the impacts of our activities, we aim to improve farmer livelihoods, make farming a more attractive and sustainable option for the next generation and ensure long-term supplies of the raw materials we need.
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The world needs more food than ever, and only by building sustainability into the agriculture sector can we guarantee good food for generations to come and help alleviate poverty.
For our business
Farmers grow the ingredients we need to make our products, and it’s in our interest to ensure those ingredients are sustainable in the long term and as high quality as they can be.
Why it matters
Demand for food is growing, but an aging farming population, climate change, poor agricultural practices, and old or diseased plants all present threats to sustainable supply chains. Many farmers and their families and communities live on low incomes and often have periods without sufficient food to sustain themselves. At the same time, not enough young people see agriculture as an attractive, viable option. These challenges must be overcome to meet demand and secure long-term supplies of the raw materials we use.
As a major global food and beverage company, we can make a difference. By working closely with farming communities, civil society, industry peers and governments, we can identify the root causes of the challenges farmers face. Armed with this information, we can apply our Theory of Change model, which enables us to focus our activities where they matter most and measure our impact against desired long-term outcomes.
Through Farmer Connect, we work directly with more than 550 000 farmers, helping them to grow and thrive. We place a special focus on agripreneurship, to identify and develop the most talented, progressive farmers. Agripreneurship grows and improves key farming skills. It also plays a major role in making farming more attractive to young people as a viable career choice, helping to ensure a stable, long-term supply chain.
Encouraging farmers – especially smallholders in developing countries – to grow more protein-rich crops can be an important step in helping improve their own nutrition intake and diversifying income, as well as mitigating the effects of climate change. We have programs and training in place to help farmers and their families learn more about ways to improve their nutrition. Few companies in the food business are taking this kind of holistic approach to nutrition provision.
Consumers are also increasingly aware of issues around responsible sourcing in supply chains, wanting to ensure that the products they buy have been sourced ethically. This is particularly relevant to ensure human rights are upheld and the environment protected throughout our supply chain. Our policies and activities are intended to ensure that Nestlé sources ingredients only where workers’ rights are protected and children have not been exploited. We also aim to ensure all animals in our supply chain are healthy and stress-free.
Our work on enhancing rural development and livelihoods contributes to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.