We work with farmers to increase production, which supports both food security and increased income.
Quality malting barley is a key ingredient of beer. Buying locally-grown barley can reduce costs, drive efficiency, and create jobs. However, it is not suitable for all climates, making imports necessary in some markets. Careful variety selection, crop cultivation and malting are all key contributors to quality malt. We malt about 54% of our barley ourselves.
Influencing and supporting farmers to increase productivity and profitability while reducing environmental impact is not always straightforward, particularly for barley that we do not source directly from the farmer. To effectively support improvements in barley, we need to look beyond our own needs to the wider farming system of which malting barley forms part. SABMiller has identified priorities in each of our barley sourcing regions, and is working with farmers and, where relevant, malt suppliers to ensure malting barley is economically attractive to farmers, climate resilient, and resource efficient.
Incorporating local crops like cassava, maize, rice, and sorghum into our beers supports local farmers and helps us produce m ore affordable beer. Through Go Farming, and other programmes in India and Latin America, we work with smallholder farmers to improve both their yields and their incomes, which in turn increases food security and nutrition for farmers, their families and communities.