Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Major steps in responsible cocoa production (24/8/2009)

This month the UTZ CERTIFIED global Code of Conduct for responsible cocoa production is being tested in Côte d'Ivoire with two of our selected cooperatives. The Code of Conduct is the culmination of over two years' work in the cocoa sector, consulting with more than 100 cocoa stakeholders worldwide, including farmers, farmer organisations, government officials, NGOs, traders, chocolate companies and other experts.

The Code sets out a number of economic, environmental and social factors and requires intense farmer training to bring producers to the required UTZ CERTIFIED level. Through learning and implementing improved farming practices, the quality of the cocoa beans and the productivity of the cocoa farms will increase significantly, resulting in increased income for farmers and therefore bringing sustainability to the supply chain.

Cargill farmer training

Over the past year, as part of our extensive farmer field school programme, we have been training the farmers of two selected cooperatives for UTZ certification. The training was based on the drafted Code of Conduct. The farmers learned techniques such as planting new varietiy cocoa trees to replace unproductive cocoa trees, improving farm maintenance, using safer and more efficient approaches to prevent and treat cocoa plant diseases, the application of fertilizer and the best post-harvest treatment of the cocoa bean.

For many years we have been investing in training farmers to expand their knowledge of farming techniques in order to develop a sustainable cocoa supply chain and as a result improve their income and welfare. For the first time, this summer we will have our selected cooperatives independently audited for UTZ certification of which we will publish the results in due course.

Through the UTZ CERTIFIED Good Inside initiative we believe we have made a major step forward in our efforts to develop a sustainable and responsible cocoa supply chain that will be recognized by both the industry and the consumer.

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