Training through Farmer Field Schools
Reaching 25,000 farmers annually
Cargill runs a leading global training program through Farmer Field Schools,
which it introduced in Cote d’Ivoire in 2008. The schools
help farmers produce better quality cocoa, significantly
increase their annual yields and maintain a stable
supply – improving their income and livelihoods
as a result.
During a ten-month intensive course of
half and full-day sessions, farmers learn
about agricultural techniques, bookkeeping,
and personal health and environmental and
Since we've been part of Cargill's training program we've seen a real change when we visit the cocoa farms. Trees are healthier and farms cleaner. The farmers not certified can see the benefits of better farming practices and increased productivity, and they too now want to be enrolled.
- Yao Konan, general secretary of the Fiédifoué cocoa cooperative, Côte d'Ivoire
Currently we have the capacity to train 25,000 farmers annually in 300 locations.
By the end of 2013 we will have trained 60,000 farmers through Farmer Field Schools in Cote d’Ivoire, as well as 15,000 by 2016 in Ghana. And we’ve started Farmer Field Schools in Cameroon, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Our training makes farmers eligible for sustainability certification under the UTZ Certified, Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance program. Once farmers produce certified cocoa they are eligible to receive an additional certification premium for their beans.