Cargill has released its first global progress report
on its activities to support cocoa farmers, communities, and the development of a sustainable global cocoa supply chain. The report entitled “A thriving cocoa sector for generations to come” highlights the progress the company has made since its work began over a decade ago and the Cargill Cocoa Promise was launched in 2012 to align its efforts.
“Our ambition is to accelerate progress towards a supply chain that is transparent, enables farmers to achieve better incomes and living standards, and delivers a sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products,” said Jos de Loor, President of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business. “We believe educated, empowered, and successful farmers are essential to meeting the challenges facing the cocoa and chocolate sector. This report shows how we are making a difference but also highlights the progress we still need to make.”
The Cocoa Promise is addressing key challenges in the sector including the need to increase yields and incomes for farmers; improve access to training, infrastructure, and finance; improve access to education and healthcare in communities; and regenerate farmland. The report highlights major results and achievements to date, which include:
- More than 115,000 farmers trained in good agricultural practices in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia, Brazil, and Vietnam.
- 2,550 Farmer Field Schools established globally to provide training and knowledge sharing locally.
- 77,000 farmers and over 342,201 hectares certified through farmer cooperatives and organizations.
- $25 million of certification premiums paid to farmer cooperatives—50% directly benefits farmers while remainder invested by farmer organizations in local communities.
- 25.3 million seedlings distributed to support growth in cocoa production, particularly in Brazil.
- Improved access to education for 34,000+ children in cocoa communities through school build activities, training teachers and providing books.