Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Cargill commits a further $5 million to sustainable cocoa in West Africa (29/10/2010)

Cargill has announced a three-year, $5 million commitment to further support development of sustainable cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon. This includes a partnership with the humanitarian organization CARE to sponsor a program of activities in cocoa communities in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

Activities include renovating and building schools, training farmers, constructing medical facilities, digging wells, and providing microfinancing to more than 1,000 women. An important aspect of the program is its work to raise awareness amongst farm families of the importance of children’s schooling.

The program will reach a total of 130 communities and aims to increase educational opportunities for at least 60,000 children, as well as improving the livelihoods of their families.

“We are convinced that our partnership with CARE will positively contribute to the communities in which we work,” says Lionel Soulard, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s managing director cocoa for Côte d’Ivoire. “We look forward to a successful implementation of the program.”

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