Finding inclusive ways to grow: working with farmers in Cameroon

Case study

Working with the farmers who grow our ingredients is a vital part of ensuring we have a resilient, sustainable supply chain. It’s also an opportunity to support the communities around us – through inclusive programmes that promote the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and strengthen our business.

As part of our local sourcing programme, we are working through partners with over 4,500 sorghum farmers in Cameroon to help them increase their yields through improved farming practices and irrigation. At the same time, we are helping to improve community access to drinkable water, increase awareness of good sanitation, build local management of water, and enhance people’s skills, with a particular emphasis on women’s empowerment.

In North Cameroon, our partnership with the Sahel Espoir co-operative in the two villages of Mindjil and Garey has led to a new irrigation system and new boreholes to provide access to water for 10,000 people. In the village of Fotouni in West Cameroon, we are working with the NGO, ANDP Environment, to improve access to safe water and sanitation, particularly for women and children, installing two new water pumps to serve 6,500 people. An additional 150 women are benefiting from water-related economic activities, including gardening and selling water and ginger drinks. In both programmes, training and empowering local people to manage and maintain their community assets are key elements.

We want our programmes to have real impact, increasing the resilience of our communities and supply chains.