Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

82 new Farmer Field Schools (05/03/2010)

We have committed to doubling the number of Farmer Field Schools we operate in Côte d'Ivoire to 300 by mid 2010. Initially, we plan to launch 82 schools this month, building on the 150 already established. Overall, the programme will have trained 10,000 farmers and provided more than 10,000 tonnes of cocoa beans for use in sustainably certified chocolate and cocoa products by the end of the year.

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This commitment celebrates our 10 years of successful farmer training in Côte d'Ivoire and demonstrates our belief that training farmers successfully is key to building a sustainable supply chain, helping to increase farmers' incomes and supporting the future growth of cocoa farming.

As a result of the training, farmers are benefitting from a 30% increase in their incomes from higher yields, as well as an improvement in the quality of their crop. This quality improvement also leads to an increase in farmers' earnings as they receive a quality-related bonus payment from Cargill.

During the 10 month Farmer Field School training programme, farmers are trained in good and safe practices focusing on farming techniques and post-harvest activities, such as pruning, plantation renewal and cocoa fermentation methods. The programme also covers broader social aspects, such as the importance of ensuring children's education and HIV awareness.

We firmly believe that the Farmer Field School training programme can make a real difference to farmers, and their families, providing them with the knowledge and support to become successful commercial enterprises both now and in the future.

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