Coffee provides a livelihood for 25 million farmers worldwide and is a vital source of income for many developing countries. However, many of these farmers live on the edge of poverty.
Engaging with smallholder coffee farmers is not only part of Yara’s business model, but it is also a way to reduce poverty by providing knowledge about how to grow crops in a profitable, yet sustainably, way: We combine our agronomic expertise and crop knowledge to add value and create impact.
“We contribute to making coffee production more sustainable by sharing knowledge with farmers”
Chrystel Monthean, Yara Value Chain Director
We start by mapping the crop’s dietary needs – what it needs to grow. We then identify the nutrients naturally available in the soil. With the results of these two analyses we determine the plant’s fertilizer needs and provide a tailor-made solutions based on organic material and Yara nutrients. Following the application of fertilizer, leaf analysis is key to check whether the plant managed to retrieve all the available nutrients from the soil.
It is through these technical analyses as well as decades of experience that Yara is able to share its knowledge with farmers by providing crop nutrition solutions that recommend the right nutrients, at the right rate and at the right time.
Given a rapidly growing global coffee demand, it is important to increase the productivity of the existing coffee fields to avoid deforestation. By helping farmers improve their farming practices, Yara contributes to making coffee a more sustainable crop.