Sustainable use of biological resourcesCoffee farms

Support for the acquisition of Rainforest Alliance Certification at coffee farms

Since 2020, the Kirin Group has supported the acquisition of Rainforest Alliance Certification by coffee farms in Vietnam. By the end of 2021, we had provided training for transition to new certification to 309 farmers of arabica coffee. We are utilizing the knowledge we have accumulated by supporting the acquisition of certification by tea farms in Sri Lanka since 2013 to expand our activities to coffee farms in Vietnam.
In 2019, approximately 30% of the coffee beans the Kirin Group imported came from Vietnam, for use in Kirin FIRE and other products. On the other hand, most coffee farms in Vietnam are small farms. As such, the level of agricultural technology is low, and there are farmers who use chemical fertilizers inappropriately owing to a lack of adequate educational opportunities. In 2019, we conducted scenario analysis of the impacts of climate change in 2050 and 2100 and found that coffee bean yields will likely be significantly affected in many countries and regions. We expect that our support for the acquisition of certification, which we began in 2020, will enhance the sustainability of small farms in production areas and contribute to the stable use of high-quality raw materials in the future.

Training based on data analysis

In this activity, we provide training based on data. Specifically, we gained an understanding of data such as the ratio of chemical fertilizers and agricultural chemicals to the income and expenditure of each small farm, the number of shade trees (mainly fruit trees, etc.) that prevent soil drying in direct sunlight and the depletion of coffee trees, and earnings from fruits harvested from those trees. Based on our analysis of the data we collected, we are providing training based on a program we created to contribute to improving farmers' earnings and sustainable production.

  • Data on shade trees in coffee farms in Vietnam

  • Profit structure of small coffee farms in Vietnam

  • The above information is reprinted from the Kirin Group Environmental Report 2022 and is current as of June 30, 2022.