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Nestlé has launched its Nescafé Plan 2030 to help drive regenerative agriculture, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve coffee farmers’ livelihoods.

The brand is working with coffee farmers to help them transition to regenerative agriculture while accelerating its decade of work under the Nescafé Plan.

As part of its plan, Nescafé is investing more than one billion Swiss francs by 2030 to expand its sustainability work. It is supported by Nestlé’s regenerative agriculture financing following the Group’s commitment to accelerate the transition to a regenerative food system and ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions.

David Rennie, Head of Nestlé Coffee Brands, said that climate change is putting coffee growing areas under pressure.

“Building on 10 years’ experience of the Nescafé Plan, we’re accelerating our work to help tackle climate change and address social and economic challenges in the Nescafé value chains,” he said.

Rising temperatures will reduce the area suitable for growing coffee by up to 50 per cent by 20501. At the same time, around 125 million people depend on coffee for their livelihoods and an estimated 80 per cent of coffee farming families live at or below the poverty line.

Philipp Navratil, Head of Nestlé’s Coffee Strategic Business Unit, said that action is needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of coffee.

“As the world’s leading coffee brand, Nescafé aims to have a real impact on coffee farming globally,” he said.

“We want coffee farmers to thrive as much as we want coffee to have a positive impact on the environment. Our actions can help drive change throughout the coffee industry.”

Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming that aims to improve soil health and fertility, as well as protect water resources and biodiversity. Nestlé is supporting farmers’ transition to this regenerative practice as healthier soils are more resilient to the impacts of climate change and can increase yields, helping improve farmers’ livelihoods.

Nescafé will provide farmers with training, technical assistance, and high-yielding coffee plantlets to help them transition to regenerative coffee farming practices. Some examples of regenerative agriculture practices include the following:

  • Planting cover crops helps to protect the soil. It also helps add biomass to the soil, which can increase soil organic matter and thus soil carbon sequestration.
  • Incorporating organic fertilisers contributes to soil fertility, which is essential for good soil health.
  • Increasing the use of agroforestry and intercropping contributes to biodiversity preservation.
  • Pruning existing coffee trees or replacing them with disease and climate change resistant varieties, will help rejuvenate coffee plots and increase yields for farmers.
  • Focusing on origins from where Nescafé sources 90 per cent of its coffee.

Nescafé will be working with coffee farmers to test, learn and assess the effectiveness of multiple regenerative agriculture practices. This will be done with a focus on seven key origins, from where the brand sources 90 per cent of its coffee: Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, and Honduras.

Nescafé aims to achieve:

  • 100 per cent responsibly sourced coffee by 2025.
  • 20 per cent of coffee sourced from regenerative agricultural methods by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030 as part of Nestlé’s ambition for its key ingredients.
  • Piloting a financial support scheme in Mexico, Côte d’Ivoire, and Indonesia to accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture.

Nescafé is committed to supporting farmers who take on the risks and costs associated with the move to regenerative agriculture. It will provide programs that aim to help farmers improve their income as a result of that transition. In Mexico, Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia, Nescafé will pilot a financial support scheme to help farmers accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture. Through this scheme, Nescafé, together with coffee farmers, will test and learn the best approach in each country.

Nescafé will track the progress and assess the results of its field programs with coffee farmers through its Monitoring and Evaluation partnership with the Rainforest Alliance. Its efforts will be complemented by new and expertise-focused partnerships, like the one with Sustainable Food Lab for topics related to coffee farmers’ income assessment, strategy, and progress tracking.

Regenerative agriculture also contributes to drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nescafé aims to contribute to Nestlé’s Zero Net commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

It will work with farmers, suppliers, and partners to help protect agricultural lands, enhance biodiversity, and help prevent deforestation. The brand intends to help farmers plant more than 20 million trees at or near their coffee farms.

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