Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Celebrating success: 21 farmer cooperatives now certified (09/12/2010)


From the Cote d’Ivoire comes good news: a total of 21 cocoa cooperatives have now achieved sustainable cocoa certification, after 11,000 farmers were trained at Cargill’s 300 Farmer Field Schools.

Sixteen newly certified cooperatives passed independent auditing against the UTZ Certified Code of Conduct for sustainable cocoa production. They join five which were previously certified. A further 39  cooperatives are expected to follow in 2011. To achieve these targets, Cargill currently has 25,000 farmers participating in various training programs in Côte d'Ivoire.

The positive outcome of this last round of certification is that by the end of this year more than 10,000 tonnes of certified cocoa beans will be available for use in high quality chocolate and cocoa products. This figure is set to triple by the end of 2011 as training expands in Côte d’Ivoire and other cocoa producing countries in West Africa and Asia.

We are very happy to be making such good progress in sustainable cocoa, as we expect consumer demand for certified sustainable chocolate to increase further in the coming years.

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