Supporting smallholder farmers, including women
Smallholder farmers, and in particular women, who often have a significant role in agriculture, are critical to the global food supply, first for themselves and their families, but also for broader food security opportunities in rural or impoverished communities. Our Kellogg’s Origins™ programs focus on supporting smallholder and women farmers develop more climate-resilient practices to improve their productivity and livelihoods, including the following examples.
- In Africa, poor weather tracking infrastructure and forecasting prohibit farmers from receiving information needed to run their farms. Changing climate patterns, particularly in cocoa growing areas, are responsible for increased crop failures and major impacts to farm families. Kellogg partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Kukua, and our supplier, Olam, to provide needed climate information by piloting the installation of weather stations that provide more accurate forecasts via SMS messages to 500 cocoa smallholder farmers.
- Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and the third-largest Asian producer of potatoes in Asia. With SEBA Limited, we’re providing technical training to help smallholder potato farmers improve their yields, and we’re working with the local farmers to source potatoes for Pringles®.
- Much of the rice for Kellogg’s® Brown Rice® cereal sold in Asia is grown in Korea’s Choongnam Province. For Earth Day, Kellogg engaged the children of local farmers in an environmental education program, and donated energy-efficient lighting to the school and fertilizer to 12 farming families. By engaging the entire community, Kellogg is helping to introduce long-term sustainability practices.
- Working with ACDI/VOCA, we’ve introduced 550 Egyptian rice and date farmers to climate-smart agricultural practices that help them reduce costs and increase yields. We’re now helping these farmers build a higher-value supply chain that meets the stringent requirements of more lucrative markets. To ensure gender equality while respecting local social norms, women are given equal access to the program via separate training.
Responsible sourcing is a Kellogg priority, and we expect our suppliers to make it a priority as well, measured in performance assessments and new supplier qualifications. We engage our suppliers in many ways. For example, at our 2017 Supplier Day, 300 of our company’s supplier partners joined us at our global headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S. During the meeting, we shared our business strategies and talked with suppliers about joining us on our responsible sourcing journey. Doing so is part of our new K Partners Advantage program focused on five shared values that drive mutually beneficial supplier relationships: innovation, financial excellence, operational excellence, responsible sourcing and suppler diversity.