Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Cargill's farmer training introduced in Cameroon following excellent results in Côte d'Ivoire (08/07/2011)

After the first year of certification, the pilot cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire are clearly benefiting from the results of farmer training. Cocoa yields have risen nearly 50%, from 559 to 882 kilos per hectare. The adoption of good agricultural practices has led to a 30% reduction in major pest problems. Better post-harvest practices and storage have resulted in lower humidity and major improvement in the fermentation level of the beans.

These results convince us that we are following the right strategy and that we should extend it to other cocoa growing countries where we feel we can make a real difference. That is why we are pleased to announce that the training program is being expanded to Cameroon, the world's fourth largest cocoa producer.

This program will be delivered in partnership with Telcar, Cargill's joint venture partner in Cameroon. It is being launched in conjunction with the World Cocoa Foundation and Socodevi, a Canada-based network of cooperative businesses that supports farmers organizations' initiatives in the developing world. The program will support the creation of a sustainable cocoa supply chain in the country, with the aim of achieving certification for cooperatives in 2012.

Cargill is the largest exporter of cocoa beans in Cameroon as well as Côte d'Ivoire, and has built up a comparably extensive network and presence on the ground, including rural buying stations and warehouse facilities. This network, and the close relationship with farmers it brings, has created a positive impact for farmers in Cameroon and their communities.

Training and support enable farmers to increase yields, improve quality and through these – most importantly – increase their incomes. It directly benefits farmers today and supports them in becoming successful entrepreneurs for the longer term.

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