Empowering African farmers Start measuring the sustainability performance of our most important malt suppliers We developed a measurement model in 2009 and will implement it during the first quarter of 2010 with a pilot involving two malt suppliers and two apple suppliers. Share the learnings of the Skylark project across other markets via a technical handbook on sustainable arable farming The Technical Handbook was developed and was published early 2010. Extend GMO audits to local suppliers of maize and rice and focus monitoring activities on weak spots with Group suppliers We increased the number of supply audits from 58 to 61, including checks on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), especially in markets where we use maize for brewing. As our normal supply chain audits supply us with sufficient guarantees in compliance with our policy relating to GMO, we deem it unnecessary to conduct specific audits solely aimed at detecting the possible presence of GMO material. Include apple farming in the scope of our sustainable farming programme We have integrated apple farming in the scope of our sustainable farming programme. We have included the orcharding of apples in our MASSA tool and will continue to do so as we roll out our future activities. r i Sc~"' vWS Paul Kemp Area Supply Chain Manager In several African countries, Heineken is empowering significant numbers of the local communities by helping farmers grow crops - often in arid, desert land. These crops are then purchased by Heineken's local Operating Companies to be used in their brewing plants. "We facilitate farming operations in different ways, depending on the local situation," says Paul Kemp, Area Supply Chain Manager, Africa and Middle East. "This involves offering advice via our agronomist and upfront payments so farmers can purchase the inputs needed for their crops. On the banks of the Nile in Egypt, Heineken's local company Al Ahram Beverages (ABC) helps farmers grow barley for its maltery. ABC also oversees farming projects in the Southern Desert and the Sinai. In total, ABC facilitates the production of 30,000 tons of barley which equals 25,000 tons of malt. Since the mid-1980s, Heineken's subsidiary, Nigerian Breweries (NBL) has been sourcing locally-produced sorghum and maize in Nigeria and has invested in the development of commercially viable sorghum varieties. Today, NBL has 5,000 farmers growing sorghum and malt for its plants. Heineken is also facilitating agriculture through its local companies in other parts of Africa: assisting rice farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, developing the production of sorghum in Burundi, encouraging farmers' involvement in maize farming in Rwanda and supporting small sorghum projects in Sierra Leone and Ghana. In 2009, Heineken finalised the construction of its new brewery in South Africa and is currently looking at ways to support agriculture in the country. "A conglomerate of local distributors want to build a maltery to supply us and others, and they will need barley for this," explains Paul. "We're helping them to work with local farmers to develop good varieties of barley and to present a strong business case. It's another example of how Heineken works with local communities to help the farming industry, which in turn helps our business." In total, Heineken now works with tens of thousands of farmers across Africa. Heineken N.V. - Sustainability Report 2009 25

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