Nestle has emphasised the need for Nigeria and the world to embrace regenerative agriculture as a new way of farming that could preserve the soil.
Regenerative agriculture is a philosophy and approach to land management that aims to farm and ranch in harmony with nature.
The model, according to Nestle, is a holistic and dynamic approach that incorporates permaculture and organic farming practices to increase food production while also improving soil health and the environment.
At a capacity building media workshop organised by Nestle, in conjunction with the Lagos Business School (LBS), the Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Nestle Central and West Africa, Ms. Patricia Ekaba, said that aside improving soil quality, the model would also have a positive impact on the profitability of farmers.
She urged stakeholders in the agro industry to form strong partnerships with competitors, government and the rural communities to leverage on the opportunities regenerative agriculture offers.
“We aim to source 20 per cent of key ingredients through regenerative agriculture methods by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030. We aim to reduce water use in our factories by six million m³ between 2021 and 2023. We aim for 100 per cent of key ingredients volumes to be produced sustainably by 2030,” she said.