Farmer training launched in Ghana (22/02/2012)

Expanding the Cargill Sustainable Cocoa Program


With an extensive four-year commitment to farmer training in Ghana, Cargill has initiated another important expansion of the Cargill Sustainable Cocoa Program.

In partnership with the Ghana Cocoa Board, Ghanaian licensed cocoa buying company Akuafo Adamfo (A subsidiary of the Finatrade Group of Companies) and Solidaridad West Africa, the program aims to train 15,000 farmers and support cocoa farming communities in the Ashanti, and Western regions of Ghana.

In Farmer Field Schools, farmers will receive extensive training in good agricultural practices, such as rejuvenation of cocoa farms, pest control, and harvest and post-harvest practices. The initiative will also cover social issues, including raising awareness of HIV prevention and the importance of schooling for children. Crucially, the program will help strengthen farmer organizations and encourage knowledge exchange. All training will be in accordance with the UTZ Certified Code of Conduct, should lead to achieving UTZ Certification for the farmers and will help ensure a reliable supply of high quality sustainable cocoa powders for our customers.

Chief Exective Anthony Fofie of the Ghana Cocoa Board said, "We are pleased to see that Cargill is investing in sustainable cocoa farming practices in Ghana and is strengthening its current efforts. This new program of farmer training will complement our existing initiatives and assist in our development of the industry by improving the lives and living standards of Ghanaian cocoa farmers."

The certified cocoa beans will be processed at our state-of-the-art cocoa plant in Tema and can be traced throughout the supply chain as they become Gerkens® Ghana UTZ Certified cocoa powders – used by food manufacturers worldwide. From certified farmer to final product, we are developing a fully traceable and sustainable cocoa supply chain in Ghana.