- Nestle has GPS mapped 75% of its 120,000 cocoa farms
- Ensuring none are located in protected forests
- They have distributed 560,000 native trees to create diversity in cocoa farms
- 85,000 farmers participated in training
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As a huge multi-national corporation working with some 120,000 farms in Cote d'Ivore and Ghana, it is understandable that any work to quantify their progress is a huge challenge. The impact story so far focuses around mapping the farms to ensure they aren't in protected forrest, distributing native tree seedlings to integrate into the growing systems and working on behaviour change programs with farmers.
This align's to Nestles 2050 Net-zero pledge to be carbon neutral.
Nestlé has mapped over 75% of the 120,000 cocoa farms it sources from in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. The boundaries of the plantations have been identified with Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers, ensuring that none of them are located in protected forests. By October this year, all remaining farms will be mapped in the two countries.
Nestlé has scaled up the number of native forest and fruit trees it has distributed in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, from 32,000 in 2018 to now reach a total of more than 560,000. These cast shade on cocoa trees making farms more climate-resilient, while the fruit trees provide additional income for cocoa farmers.
The company has also kicked off two agroforestry projects, working closely with communities to maximize shade tree density on farms to help improve yields. Nestlé has continued to train farmers on good agricultural practices and forest protection. Over 85,000 farmers participated in the training program in 2019.
To reduce pressure on forests and help improve family health, Nestlé has distributed over 800 more efficient and less polluting cookstoves. The company has contributed to financial support through the creation of village savings and loan associations for over 9,400 people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. They can take loans when needed, for example, to finance small business opportunities, with funds returned at the end of the year.