3,900 cocoa farmers benefit from first ever premiums payment Cargill supports farmers and ensures long term sustainable cocoa supply Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has made its first premium payments in Ghana for the production of certified sustainable cocoa beans.
In total 3,900 Ghanaian farmers received the payments for the first three months production of sustainable cocoa beans following their participation in Cargill’s farmer training programme.
The payments were made at a recent ceremony in Sefwi Bekwai, in the Western region of Ghana, attended by the Managing Director of Cargill Ghana and partners including the Deputy CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board; the licensed cocoa buying company Akuafo Adamfo; and the programme manager of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Solidaridad.
These premium payments are a result of Cargill’s Cocoa Promise, the company’s commitment to make a difference around sustainability in three key areas: training cocoa farmers; supporting cocoa farming communities; and investing in the long-term sustainable production of cocoa.
Cargill is on track to reach its target of training 15,000 farmers in the coming three years. 2,500 tonnes of UTZ Certified cocoa from this first harvest cycle have been processed at Cargill’s state-of-the-art plant in Tema, Ghana, ensuring a large part of the value chain remains within the country.
UTZ Certified cocoa is part of Cargill’s efforts towards developing a sustainable supply chain and can be traced from the certified farmer to final product as it becomes Gerkens® Ghana cocoa powders.
Launched in 2012, the first phase of Cargill’s farmer training in Ghana has provided tuition in good agricultural practices such as pruning, plantation renewal and cocoa fermentation methods, and good environmental and social practices, with the aim of increasing productivity and yields.
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