Jacobs Douwe Egberts to launch sustainability project in Vietnam

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Jacobs Douwe Egbert’s (JDE) has partnered with the Louis Dryfus Company (LDC) and Syngenta to launch a new sustainability project which aims to reduce the impact of climate change on coffee production in Vietnam.

According to a report by Martin White on FoodBev, the project aims to boost resilience to climate change in the coffee production chain and to improve the management of agrichemicals in Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Gia Lai provinces.

Over the next three years, JDE will train over 3,000 farmers in sustainable agriculture practices through seminars, field training and demonstration plots in order to protect coffee production in the country.

Agronomists from LDC will also advise these farmers on crop diversification and other climate resilience techniques as part of the project.

Do Ngoc Sy, JDE’s sustainability manager for Asia Pacific said: “We recognize that many problems are complex, and may take years and the commitment of multiple stakeholders to resolve. But we are on the right path to do so.”

Hidde Eikelboom, LDC Vietnam CEO and country head of coffee added: “Through this partnership and many others like it, LDC remains committed to working with local growers on sustainable agricultural practices to meet growing industry demand for product traceability and food safety, while ensuring farmer welfare.”

Rozenn Kerviel, coffee sustainability manager at LDC said: “We must address the threats facing Vietnam’s coffee production before it’s too late.

“We want to boost farmers’ resilience, helping them to adapt to changes in climate and to produce top quality coffee for future generations too.”