Cargill Stresses Sustainable Cocoa at World Cocoa Conference

December 4, 2012

The “Cargill Cocoa Promise” includes training cocoa farmers in sustainable practices, supporting rural farming communities with education and healthcare, and investing in the overall long-term sustainable production of cocoa.

Cargill Inc. (Minneapolis) reemphasized its intentions to increase sustainable cocoa farming across its international production sites at the recent World Cocoa Conference held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The “Cargill Cocoa Promise” includes training cocoa farmers in sustainable practices, supporting rural farming communities with education and healthcare, and investing in the overall long-term sustainable production of cocoa. Cargill says it will continue adopting these principles at its production sites in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Brazil. In the Ivory Coast alone, Cargill says it is on pace to reach 100,000 tons of certified sustainable cocoa beans by 2015, which would make Cargill’s sustainable cocoa program the country’s largest.

To date, Cargill says it has set up more than 1100 farmer field schools to teach 60,000 Ivorian farmers how to obtain UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification. More than 26,500 of these farmers earned premiums for certification in 2011–2012, totaling $7.6 million.