To Press Releases listDar-es-Salaam,Mar 15, 2010
As part of its long term commitment to Tanzania’s economic progress, Nestlé partnered with the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) to improve the country’s coffee sector. The project aims to help develop coffee trees with improved productivity characteristics, higher disease resistance and higher quality which in turn help increase farmers’ competitiveness and income.
As one of the world’s biggest buyers of coffee, Nestlé has always and continues to take very seriously its responsibility to ensure that this crop is produced in a sustainable manner and in a way that produces value right through the supply chain – particularly for farmers.
Over the last 30 years, at its R&D Centre in Tours, France, Nestlé has developed the expertise to propagate higher quality coffee plantlets which have helped to rejuvenate coffee plantations around the world.
In 2009, Nestlé sponsored Mr. Damian J. Mtenga, a coffee scientist from the TaCRI for a 12 month training programme on somatic embryogenesis (SE). Somatic Embryogenesis is an accelerated propagation method of reproducing large numbers of high-potential plantlets. The training, which took place at Nestlé’s R&D Center in Tours, focused on how to improve the propagation rate and the quality of Arabica coffee.
“Nestlé purchased more than 154 million USD worth of coffee from Africa in 2008. Our decision to sponsor Mr. Mtenga is part of our business strategy to create shared value along our value chains - shareholders, employees, farmers, consumers and the communities where we operate,” said Pierre Trouilhat, Head of Region Nestlé Equatorial Africa.
Mr. Mtenga thanked Nestlé for offering the training opportunity and added that this training would help improve the quality of the Tanzanian coffee and increase production levels.
“My one year training with Nestlé has been an eye opener and I am convinced it will be useful to the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute and the coffee sector at large. As we seek to improve the acreage under coffee and grow our share of the world market, we are well aware of the need to produce high quality coffee that ensures high returns to our farmers,” said Mr. Mtenga.
Mr. Faiz Rasool, Business Development Manager of Nestlé in Tanzania announced that the company will continue to work closely with the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute to ensure that the project benefits everyone in the value chain.
“The coffee industry in Tanzania affects the livelihoods of over 2.1 million farmers and their dependants. It is imperative for Nestlé to work closely with the TaCRI so that the local coffee farmers and industry can benefit from Nestlé’s knowledge and expertise. We will closely monitor the process, give advice and suggestions wherever necessary,” concludes Ms Brinda Chiniah, Corporate Communication Manager at Nestlé Equatorial African Region.
About Nestlé EAR
Nestlé Equatorial African Region is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest nutrition, health and wellness company — with sales of USD 99361 million in 2009. Nestlé EAR was set up in April 2008 and oversees the Nestlé operations in 20 countries: Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Comoros, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, RC, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.