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Nestlé Ghana To Invest In Rural Communities And Agriculture

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Nestlé Ghana To Invest In Rural Communities And Agriculture

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food and beverage company that relies on millions of farmers around the world to supply agricultural raw materials needed for its products is set invest in Ghana’s rural communities and agriculture. Farmers are important to Nestlé and globally Nestlé works with more than 695 000 farmers, mainly smallholders, who provide the company with high-quality raw materials. These farmers and farm workers are essential to the ongoing success of the company. Nestlé is committed to contributing to the sustainable development of the rural communities where it sources from. In these communities, farmers are given agricultural support and benefit from capacity-building programmes to increase yields, crop quality and income levels. In Ghana, Nestlé has been working with cocoa and cereal farmers for years in order to help them improve their agricultural practices and develop their communities. Together with the Northern Rural Growth Programme of the Ministry of Food and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nestlé has developed a training programme to help farmers increase the quality of cereals, in particular maize and millet, used to produce Cerelac infant cereal at its Tema factory. The company was previously unable to use locally sourced grains in its infant foods because it did not meet Nestlé’s strict specifications. This was mainly due to the cereals being contaminated by mycotoxins, fungal-based toxic compounds which are hard to get rid of when they enter the food-chain.

Source: Footprint to Africa