Cargill has been operating cotton gins in Zimbabwe since 1996 and employs 278 permanent employees in the country. We work with more than 20,000 communal farmers and process approximately 15 percent of Zimbabwe's cotton. Cargill provides seed, crop inputs, farmer financing and agricultural training to our farmers.
Cargill is a significant trader of grains and oilseeds in Africa. In Zimbabwe, grain trading operations commenced in November 2011 and we currently trade in maize, wheat and soya beans. These crops use the same depots, infrastructure and farmer contacts that have already been developed with the cotton business. The head office is situated in Chegutu and we also have a corporate office situated in Harare.
In response to the needs of the communities in which Cargill Zimbabwe operates, several corporate responsibility projects have been implemented and in particular we are committed to improving school facilities within the local communities where we work.
Cargill has been a development partner of Saruwe Junior School since 2007. In addition to the construction and furnishing of two classroom blocks and renovations to the staff houses, Cargill assisted with the construction of two toilet blocks for the students to complete the school’s ablution facilities. Saruwe is “twinned” with St. Agnes School in the United States (Memphis) which has assisted the school with numerous learning materials for the students.
Cargill was accredited by the Cotton Made in Africa initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation in 2012. Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation, which focuses on enhancing agricultural practices in order to increase yields, improve farm management to optimize cotton and food crop production and improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Cargill in Zambia and Zimbabwe are both verified CMiA partners and in Zimbabwe we worked with 29,000 farmers in 2012, helping to improve farming practises and livelihoods. Cargill joined the Better Cotton Initiative in 2012 (BCI), a multi-stakeholder initiative to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.
- cotton origination and ginning
- maize origination
- soya bean origination
To learn more about Cargill Cotton, visit www.cargillcotton.com.
Corporate responsibility is part of everything we do. We collaborate with organisations around the world to improve nutrition and health of those in our communities, provide access to education, encourage responsible stewardship of natural resources, foster sustainable economic development and promote responsible business practices in our supply chain.
Many of the regions within our cotton communities have poor or limited access to safe drinking water. In response, we are building fresh water wells in Zimbabwe each serving communities of up to 200 people – and have plans to build more wells to provide a safe, clean water supply.