Improve food availability and dietary diversity among the farmers who supply us
Improving farmers’ diets
Many farming families do not have enough food for their own needs. We want to support farmers to live healthy lives while they produce the ingredients that make healthy products.
Why it matters
As many as 70% of farming families in some countries can be short of food for up to three months a year. Our Rural Development Framework (RDF) baselines show that many farmers lack diversity in their diets, and do not get enough protein or nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, dairy and fruit. By addressing these challenges, we can support farmers and their families to live healthier lives.
We’re helping farmers and their families eat better and live healthier lives by focusing our actions on the needs of local farmers. We also contribute to programs like the cross-industry FReSH project led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
What we are doing
We’re working to improve food availability for farmers and helping them learn more about nutrition.
Improve food availability and dietary diversity in five priority sourcing locations based upon the results of the Rural Development Framework baselines.
Our result: This work is ongoing and progress will be reported in 2020.
How we’re getting more nutritious food on the tables of coffee-growing families
It’s important that the people who grow our food do it by choice, and that their livelihood allows them to enjoy healthy diets – not just for their own families, but for their wider communities. Through the Nescafé Plan, we’re running pilots in three locations to help farming families get the nutrients they need while increasing their incomes.
In the coffee-growing regions of Kenya, cooking classes and lessons on creating balanced meals allow us to engage directly with families on nutrition. We’re also encouraging people to grow kitchen gardens by providing them with seeds and support – in particular, we’re promoting vegetables like amaranth and spider plant, which are packed with nutrients and can withstand the extended dry seasons.
In Mexico, we partnered with food bank initiative Bancos Alimentos Mexico to get fresh, nutritious and diverse foods into the hands of coffee-growing communities. We’re actively involved in making sure this food improves families’ dietary intakes, and the project also retrieves produce from fields, which would have otherwise gone to waste.
After taking a close look at the coffee-growing communities in the Philippines, we took a different approach there, based on the prevalence of one-hectare farms already in use. As well as helping farmers increase their yields and incomes, we encourage them to use those farms for both income and nutrition.