Bayer to sup­port cof­fee small­holder farm­ers

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HCM CITY — “Bet­ter Life Farm­ing”, an al­liance of lead­ing pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies cre­ated to de­velop sus­tain­able and scal­able busi­ness mod­els with global and lo­cal part­ners to im­prove small­holder cof­fee farm­ers’ liveli­hoods, was launched in HCM City on Tues­day.

The global al­liance has been cre­ated by Bayer, the In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion (IFC), Netafim, Swiss Re Cor­po­rate So­lu­tions, and Vieät Nam’s Khang Thònh Ir­ri­ga­tion Tech­nol­ogy JSC and ACOM.

By con­nect­ing global ex­per­tise with lo­cal in­sights and part­ners, Bet­ter Life Farm­ing of­fers ad­vanced agri­cul­tural prac­tices, seeds, pre­ci­sion ir­ri­ga­tion, crop pro­tec­tion, fi­nance, in­sur­ance, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, and ac­cess to mar­kets, each cus­tomised to fully ad­dress small­hold­ers’ needs at scale.

Colin Tay­lor- IFC East Asia/ Pa­cific re­gional lead, agribusi­ness ad­vi­sory ser­vices, said: “Viet­namese small­holder cof­fee farm­ers are vul­ner­a­ble to mul­ti­ple chal­lenges, from ad­verse climate im­pacts to dif­fi­cul­ties in ac­cess­ing in­puts and fi­nance. As a re­sult they re­alise a frac­tion of their po­ten­tial pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“As part of the Bet­ter Life Farm­ing Al­liance, IFC helps small­hold­ers bridge th­ese gaps through sup­port­ing train­ing ini­tia­tives, im­proved fi­nan­cial lit- er­acy and ac­cess to fi­nance, so they can man­age their farm as a busi­ness.”

Bet­ter Life Farm­ing to sup­port cof­fee grow­ers has been pi­loted in Laïc Döông and Di Linh dis­tricts in Laâm Ñoàng Prov­ince since the be­gin­ning of this year, ben­e­fit­ing 190 farm­ers with a to­tal of 300 hectares.

Their yields have jumped by 17-33 per cent.

Ko­hei Sakata, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Bayer Viet­nam, said: “Through this ini­tia­tive, we can see how ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate small­holder farm­ers are work­ing to feed their fam­ily, their com­mu­nity as well as the pop­u­la­tion on a lo­cal and global level.

“As a re­sult, Bayer’s co-op­er­a­tion with small­holder farm­ers and de­vel­op­ing cus­tomised so­lu­tions can have a real im­pact on their pro­duc­tiv­ity and sup­port them in their jour­ney to grow their farm­ing busi­ness and im­prove their liveli­hood.”

In Vieät Nam, 80 per cent of cof­fee is grown by small­hold­ers, who are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to ex­is­ten­tial threats like ad­verse climate im­pacts, pests and crop dis­eases, poor in­fras­truc­ture, ru­ral mi­gra­tion, fluc­tu­at­ing com­mod­ity prices, and reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers.

They also have lim­ited ac­cess to mod­ern agri­cul­tural prac­tices and tech­nol­ogy and to fi­nance and mar­kets. — VNS

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