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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.

The challenge

Most of the world’s cocoa is grown by between six and seven million smallholder farmers. Many of them are struggling with aging, unproductive trees, and have limited access to the infrastructure, training or finance they need to invest in their farms and run a successful business.

Meanwhile, demand for cocoa is rising steadily, cocoa and chocolate manufacturers are looking to source more of their cocoa in a sustainable manner, and consumers are increasingly interested in how their products have been produced.

All this points towards a need for us to empower smallholder cocoa farmers so that they can have a viable future with improved livelihoods, cocoa yields and more sustainable farm standards.

Our response

The Cargill Cocoa Promise is our commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers, their families and their communities, and, in doing so, securing a long-term supply of cocoa.

We started working with farmers in origin countries over 10 years ago, and in 2012 we introduced the Cargill Cocoa Promise to focus our efforts on the three key areas that we believe can make a real and lasting difference: farmer training, community support and farm development. It is active across six origin countries.

Our ambition is to accelerate progress towards a transparent global cocoa supply chain, enable farmers to achieve better incomes and living standards and deliver a sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products.

Working in partnership

Our program is global, but we act local – using the scale and extent of our on-the-ground sourcing network.

We partner with governments, farming communities and NGOs to understand local issues, align with local policies and make a tangible, long-term difference.

And, crucially, we form close, supportive relationships with farmers and farmer organizations, providing them with solutions that they can own, and giving them the skills and knowledge to implement programs that will make a positive and meaningful change.

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

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

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

Watch our 'One year of the Cargill Cocoa Promise' and Empowering farmers in Côte d'Ivoire films or read the 2014 global Cargill Cocoa Promise Report to find out more about the progress we have made.

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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.