Empowering cocoa farmers through certification– premium payments continue to improve livelihoods in cocoa communities
• $19 million paid to farmers during 2014 brings total to $44 million under the Cargill Cocoa Promise
• Premiums paid for certified products by cocoa & chocolate food manufacturers and retailers
• Payments are increasing farmer incomes and supporting farm development, education and healthcare in local communities
Schiphol, The Netherlands – Aug. 11, 2015 - Premium payments for certified sustainable cocoa are continuing to make a significant contribution to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities, as well as meeting the growing demand for sustainably sourced cocoa and chocolate.
A total of $19 million was paid to farmers in Côte d'Ivoire, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana and Indonesia in 2014, bringing the total to $44 million paid to date under the Cargill Cocoa Promise. The premiums, which are achieved by farmers for selling their UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade certified cocoa beans, are funded by confectionery and food manufacturers and retailers and are positively supporting the ongoing development of a sustainable cocoa supply chain.
"Premium payments and cocoa certification remain a valuable catalyst in making progress toward a sustainable cocoa supply chain," said Taco Terheijden, Director Cocoa Sustainability at Cargill. "We are proud to be part of this process and to see the positive developments in the sector. Not only are cocoa farmers and their communities benefitting from higher incomes and better health and education, at the same time manufacturers, retailers and consumers can be confident about where their cocoa is coming from and how it is being produced."
The premium payments are made to certified farmer cooperatives with 50 percent going directly to individual farmer members, and the remainder being invested in projects by the farmer organization to boost productivity, farm development and benefit the community. The premiums are an incentive to adopt good agricultural practices and directly support improvements to make a positive difference to local communities.
Through its on-the-ground network and long-term personal relationships with cooperatives, Cargill is able to track in full detail how these premiums are distributed and how farmer organizations decide to invest their funds. Recent information shows these are being invested in:
- Strengthening farmer cooperative by providing crop financing, developing buildings, improving logistics, employee health and safety, certification activities
- Community projects such as schools and education, healthcare and road rehabilitation
- Farmer services, such farm development, crop protection, fertilizer distribution
In Côte d'Ivoire, a first of its kind public-private partnership between the Conseil du Café-Cacoa, Cargill and CARE has enabled 14 farmer cooperatives to use their premium payments to access additional funding to build 11 new schools and three new health centers teaching over 1,650 children and providing access to healthcare for 25,000 people.
"Farmer organizations play a critical role in improving farmer livelihoods and the living standards of local communities, as well as supporting the long-term future of sustainable cocoa," Terheijden said. "Our insights prove that premiums paid directly to farmer organizations play a critical role for these organizations to take their destiny in their own hands. While we continue to see a growing demand for sustainable cocoa from our customers it is essential that we share the impact these premiums are making."
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Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate offers the food industry a wide range of both standard and customised cocoa and chocolate ingredients to be used in delicious bakery, confectionery, and dairy applications all over the world. Our product range includes high quality Gerkens® cocoa powders, chocolate including Wilbur®, Peter's® and Veliche®, coatings, fillings, cocoa liquors and cocoa butters. With years of experience in technical food expertise Cargill supports its customers in new recipes and new product development.
Our facilities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Germany, Ghana, the Netherlands, UK and the USA are fully dedicated to produce in accordance with the highest food safety standards.
To secure a good quality and sustainable supply of cocoa beans we have our own cocoa bean sourcing operations for buying, handling and/or exporting of cocoa beans in Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Indonesia and Vietnam. Presence in all the leading producing countries allows Cargill to oversee the supply chain from beans at origin to cocoa and chocolate products on our customers' doorstep. In addition, extensive market research and analysis proves to be a source of valuable information to our customers.
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