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Goal 2: End Hunger

2.2)   By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving by 2025 the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under five years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons

In 2012, Nestlé made a global commitment to help reduce the risk of under-nutrition through micronutrient fortification by delivering 200 billion servings worldwide by 2016. In 2014, Nestlé delivered 183 billion servings world-wide, and extended its reach on product categories for children and women of childbearing age, such as fortified infant cereals and growing-up milks. Nestlé is also working to develop biofortified crops and launch new biofortified products in key markets to expand its fortified products portfolio and benefit rural farming communities.

Goal 6: Ensure Water & Santiation

6.4)  By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

Vietnam to produce more coffee with less water

Vietnam is the world’s second-largest coffee producer and the world’s largest exporter of Robusta coffee, with 2.6 million people relying on the sector for their livelihood. Most coffee is grown in the Central Highlands, where agriculture accounts for around 96% of the region’s water use. But erratic rainfall, prolonged periods of drought and over extraction means that groundwater scarcity poses a growing threat to farmers, households and industry.

Nestlé has historically focused on implementation of good practices for sustainable water use in coffee irrigation within its Farmer Connect” network of 20,000 farmers.  Since 2011, Nestlé has worked with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to improve irrigation practices with Vietnam’s coffee farmers, and educate those beyond its network about good agricultural practices and water management. The partnership now serves more than 50,000 farmers and by 2019 the project will deliver an action plan for water-scarce hotspots; an early warning weather system; a training programme with field schools and individual farmers coaching; and capacity-building for local institutions.  Adoption of best practices will allow more sustainable use of water resources. Coffee farmers will save up to 60% of water withdrawals per ha of coffee per year. Also, farmers will earn higher incomes through cost reduction linked to labour and energy whilst ensuring same or even higher yields compared to the current average. A key success achieved through this project is the raised awareness about the importance of integrated water resource management and rational use of irrigation water for coffee farming.  On a national level, the Vietnam Coffee Coordination Board has included water saving and monitoring of water resources in their strategic action plan, which directly feeds into the agenda of the Global Coffee Platform. 

Integrated water stewardship programme at Henniez 

2009, Nestlé Waters has introduced an integrated water stewardship programme at Henniez that strengthened earlier initiatives. The ECO-Broye programme combines environmental conservation with a commitment to work closely with farmers and other local stakeholders.  Sustainable agriculture is practiced in an area of 120 hectares around the sources. To preserve the mineral water from the harmful effects of chemical products, the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and phytosanitary products is prohibited, which guarantees quality of the water. In addition, a number of biodiversity and reforestation schemes have been put in place. Some thirty-traditional species of fruit trees were introduced, including wild cherries, pears and plums, and old cereal species are grown, resulting not only in richer flora and fauna, but also generating additional income for farmers.

Since 2016, the water stewardship initiative includes working with the Groupe E Greenwatt, to convert manure collected from some 25 local farms along and coffee grounds from nearby Nespresso and Nescafé plants into electricity and heat. This effort creates power for around 800 households, meaning a saving in CO2 emissions. The majority of the heat is used by the neighboring Henniez bottling plant.   These initiatives demonstrate Nestlé Waters’ commitment to water stewardship, not only protecting the resources of the regions in which it operates, but also supporting the adjacent communities.