Cargill and CARE support cocoa communities (05/06/2012)

 
 

In Côte d'Ivoire in March, we officially celebrated the opening of two new elementary schools, improved wells and new dispensaries. The farmers' organizations Coopérative Coopaga and Coopérative Agricole Fiédifoué worked together with Cargill to identify community needs and provide the new services.

The two farmers' organizations participate in the Cargill Sustainable Cocoa Program and were the first FOs to receive UTZ certification in 2009. These social initiatives are good examples of how the Program supports cooperatives, enabling them to form a solid platform for community development.

The facilities were built under the supervision of the NGO CARE International, and are among the many activities following from a two-year, 500,000 USD partnership between Cargill and CARE. The partnership supports access to basic services, including health, education, drinking water, and economic opportunities for women, in cocoa communities in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

The new services benefit the communities of Broukro, Gnitytji, Koussikankro and Kouassikro-Bédiala.