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The Cargill Cocoa Promise

The Cargill Cocoa Promise commits us to making a tangible difference to farmer productivity and increasing their income and improving livelihoods for generations to come.

In our industry, some predict that global demand for cocoa will outweigh supply by one million tonnes by 2020.

With this in mind, it’s really important that we secure a long-term supply of high quality beans. It makes sense for us, for the farmers that we source cocoa from and for the manufacturers we supply to. Sustainability is also of interest to consumers, who increasingly want to know where chocolate products come from and how they’re produced.

The Cargill Cocoa Promise is a global commitment to ensure that farmers have the right support, education and tools to sustain the quality and reliability of their products. It also commits us to working with our customers to increase awareness of the issues and demand for sustainable cocoa.

Watch this interview with Marketing Manager Sustainable Cocoa, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, to learn more about our Promise.

 We promise to work with farmers to:

  • Increase their yield per hectare
  • And increase their household income as a result.

 We promise to work with customers to:

  • Promote the benefits of sustainable cocoa, such as increased transparency and information about the provenance of their cocoa.
  • Increase the volume of certified sustainable cocoa available to consumers.

Working in partnership

Our work with farmers focuses in the three areas where we can make the biggest difference.

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Farmer training Investing in farm training to increase productivity and yield.

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Community support Supporting cocoa families and communities with access to education and healthcare.

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Farm development Preserving cocoa farms and preparing them for the future.

The challenges we face are complex. But we’re using our global experience, market-leading position and strategic partnerships with customers, governments, NGOs and farmer organizations to meet our objectives, maximize our impact and make a lasting change.

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We trained about 90,000 farmers in good agricultural practices at our Farmer Field Schools in 2012.

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Our work with CARE in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana will improve educational opportunities for at least 60,000 children.

Farmer Field Schools

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Our Farmer Field Schools run intensive 10-month programs to train farmers in good agricultural practices.

The Coop Academy

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Find out how the Coop Academy is helping to secure a more sustainable supply of cocoa.

Certified sustainable products

Many of our products can be made with ingredients that have been certified as sustainable by independent certification body, enabling customers to use the UTZ CertifiedTM, Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance mark on their packaging.