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Cargill in Côte d'Ivoire

Cargill has been active in Côte d’Ivoire since 1997 and employs 500 people in the following locations: Abidjan, Daloa, Gagnoa and San Pedro. Our network of buying stations, commercial, sustainability and crop research teams work closely with cocoa farmers and communities to source locally grown beans for our state-of-the art processing operation which produces cocoa products for food and confectionery customers around the world. Additionally, we source and trade cotton from Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring markets in West Africa.

Activities

  • Cocoa origination
  • Production of cocoa products including cocoa liquor, butter, cake and powder
  • Cotton sourcing and trading

Investments

2015

Cargill launches scheme in partnership with the International Finance Initiative (IFC) to offer affordable commercial finance to farmer cooperatives

2015

U.S $1.9m public-private partnership between Cargill, Conseil du Café-Cacao, CARE International and 14 cooperatives opens 11 new schools and 3 health centers to improve education for 1,650 children and healthcare for over 25,000 people

2013

Cargill launches first-of-its-kind Coop Academy to train over 300 cooperative leaders in business and management skills in partnership with IDH, TechnoServe, IFC (International Finance Corporation) and INPHB (Institute Nationale Polytechnique Houphouet Boigny)

2012Launch of The Cargill Cocoa Promise, a global commitment to improve the livelihoods of farmers and their communities and to secure a long-term supply of cocoa
2002Cargill’s plant received industry certification and quality award
2000Cargill’s cocoa processing plant in Abidjan started production

Corporate Responsibility

Cargill is committed to operating responsibly as we pursue our goal to be the global leader in nourishing people. We are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way; reducing our environmental impact; and improving the communities where we live and work. The Cargill Cocoa Promise is our global commitment to support long-term sustainable cocoa production to make a difference to the lives of farmers and their communities, while meeting the growing global demand for better quality, sustainable cocoa beans. In Côte d’Ivoire we are providing support and training to over 70,000 farmers to improve their livelihoods, encourage better farming standards, increase yields and strengthen their communities. We are working closely with farmer cooperatives to provide knowledge, skills and support to develop their businesses sustainably, while additionally improving access to healthcare and education for local communities.

 

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