Sustainable use of biological resourcesCoffee farms
Support for acquisition of Rainforest Alliance Certification
Since 2020, the Kirin Group has supported the acquisition of Rainforest Alliance Certification by coffee farms in Vietnam. In 2020, the Kirin Group provided support for training expenses for approximately 350 farms, followed by another approximately 350 small farms in 2021. 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, and there are farmers who suffer from reduced yields or use chemical fertilizers inappropriately owing to a lack of appropriate 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 theacquisition of certification, which we began in 2020, will enhance thesustainability of small farms in production areas and contribute to thestable use of high-quality raw materials in the future.
Training based on data analysis
We took advantage of the period when a strict lockdown was imposed in Vietnam owing to the COVID-19 pandemic to collect and analyze detailed data online, including the ratio of chemical fertilizers and agricultural chemicals to the income and expenditure of each small farm, the number of fruit trees and other shade trees that prevent soil drying in direct sunlight and the depletion of coffee trees, and earnings from fruits harvested from those trees. Based on this information, we created a program that we use to provide training that is convincing to farmers.