We set up a long-term partnership with one of our strategic suppliers, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), and our long-term partner IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and Syngenta, to provide leading agricultural solutions, to help farmers reduce negative environmental impacts, protect and restore biodiversity.
Using a landscape approach over a 30,000 hectare area we have set up a programme that aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers, by improving the quality and quantity of coffee yields. The farmers are able to receive hands-on training on 30 demonstration plots that have been set up across the landscape. This includes training on:
- Improving resilience to climate change
- Resource management, including better use of water and fertilisers
- Enhancing soil health and nutrition
- Work safety
- Intercropping to decrease soil erosion and diversify income from coffee, tea, and fruit production
The project is being delivered in phases. The first phase ran between 2016 and 2021. To date, we have reached 7,800 coffee farmers across 10,557 hectares of land in four key coffee-producing regions in Vietnam, producing nearly 32,234 metric tons of sustainable coffee, improving farmer incomes and livelihoods.
With 98% of farmers continuing to apply the training on their farms, the project has been successful, demonstrating a strong model for working with farmers to create long-term benefits.