SAN-Nestlé Partnership for Responsible Sourcing of Vegetables
The Nestlé Sustainable Vegetables program is focused on enabling vegetable farmers to implement best agriculture practices that go beyond those defined in European Union countries' established common agriculture practices (CAPs). These farmers produce tomatoes, garlic, onions, and other vegetables for processing and incorporating into many Nestlé consumer products throughout Europe. Nestlé has built the Created Shared Value (CSV) program to give economic and technical support to farmers based on an improvement plan developed by the processors that purchase crops from the farmers for processed products eventually sold to Nestlé. An important component of the program is a separate improvement effort focused on creating "biodiversity infrastructure" on farms.
SAN began this project in June, focused on gathering information about the traceability of agriculture products among suppliers and their processors and farmers. SAN's role has evolved into that of senior technical advisor to the Nestlé project leader, and provider of technical support to the processors and farmers through the CSV program.
We have engaged NEPCon as our technical partner for local support in Europe, and also have brought additional best practice expertise in the review and evaluation of the additional best agriculture practices developed and tested over the past four years by Fundación Global Nature (FGN; https://fundacionglobalnature.org).
During the last quarter of 2018, SAN participated in best practice evaluations of vegetable farmers in Spain and Italy, and will be involved in an upcoming evaluation in France in January 2019. Spain, Italy, France…these seem a long way from SAN's past work in Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Yet, we have found similar issues and challenges for vegetable farmers in Europe, some that have become even more important with the dramatic loss of European insect and bird life recently reported, and the imminent impacts of climate change.
The program will continue until June 2020, working with processors and farmers in other countries of the European Union, Asia and Latin America.