Supporting responsible, sustainable use of land for brewing crops

We want a productive world where land is used responsibly, food supply is secure, biodiversity is protected and our crops can be accessed at reasonable prices.

Around 1.3 billion people work in agriculture, producing most of the world’s food but just 3% of global GDP1. Agriculture also uses one-third of the world’s land and accounts for 70% of all fresh water withdrawals2. As demand for food grows, there is a pressing need to produce more with less, to reduce crop losses, and to improve agricultural livelihoods. This is especially true in Africa, where farm yields are among the lowest in the world3. Agriculture lies at the heart of delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The crops used to brew beer are an integral part of the food system. Some – like cassava, maize, rice, and sorghum – are also staple foods for many people. Malting barley is grown alongside, or in rotation with, other food crops. We want to help both commercial and smallholder farmers increase yields and profitability while reducing environmental impact, to ensure our brewing crops are profitable for farmers, and measurably improve both food security and resource productivity.

By 2020, our target is to:

Ensure the sourcing of brewing crops measurably improves both food security and resource productivity:

  • Improve the barley grown per hectare, while reducing inputs such as water, energy and fertiliser, in key growing areas
  • Improve productivity of other key brewing crops where we have influence
  • Improve food security for small-scale farmers who supply us in emerging markets by helping them increase their incomes and food production
  • Achieve local sustainable sugarcane standards for all of our sugarcane
1 International Labor Organization, 2016 and World Bank, 2014.
2 United Nations, 2016.
3 World Bank, 2016.

Performance highlights 2016

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