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Nestlé sets a plan to build a regenerative food system

Nestlé sets a plan to build a regenerative food system

October 9 - 2021 Coffee Geography Magazine

Nestlé is laying out its plans to support and accelerate the transition to a regenerative food system – one that aims to protect and restore the environment, improve the livelihoods of farmers and enhance the well-being of farming communities. Nestlé will work with its food system partners, including the company's network of more than 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers, to advance regenerative farming practices at the heart of the food system. As part of this journey, the company will also initiate new programs to help address the social and economic challenges of the transition.

The announcement is being made in the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit in New York, as part of Nestle's contribution to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. It also follows the recent report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shows the climate crisis is intensifying.

"We know that regenerative agriculture plays a critical role in improving soil health, restoring water cycles and increasing biodiversity for the long term," said Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé. "These outcomes form the foundation of sustainable food production and, crucially, also contribute to achieving our ambitious climate targets."

Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé
Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé

Nestlé is a signatory of the UN Business Ambition for 1.5°C pledge and was one of the first companies to share its detailed, time-bound climate plan in December 2020. The company is taking measures to halve its emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.

"With our long-standing partnerships with farming communities globally, we want to increase our support for farming practices that are good for the environment and good for people," said Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO. "In the spirit of enabling a just transition it is vital that we support farmers around the world that take on the risks and costs associated with the move towards regenerative agriculture."

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO

Nestlé is investing CHF 1.2 billion over the next five years to spark regenerative agriculture across the company's supply chain in order to help farmers adopt regenerative practices:

Nestlé is committed to supporting improved and diversified farmer incomes through its sustainability programs. Furthermore, It will implement new living income programs for farmers in its value chain to make farming more attractive. Later this year, the company will unveil specific plans for its coffee and cocoa supply chains.

To support young people who are passionate about farming, it is also launching a new training platform in November to attract and train the next generation of farmers. The training will focus on regenerative agriculture practices and improving the resilience of farms to climate change for more than 40,000 farmers participating in one of Nestlé's agripreneurship programs.

Nestlé's regeneration efforts are launching under the umbrella title of 'Generation Regeneration' focused on farmers, youth, consumers and its own employees.

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