Championing female role models across the cocoa value chain
Women’s economic empowerment is critical to a sustainable cocoa sector, and a cornerstone of the Cargill Cocoa Promise. Women’s economic wellbeing builds the capacity of the farms, and is directly linked to a more productive, quality crop, increased household income, better-educated and protected children, and enhanced health and nutrition.
At Cargill, we champion women across the cocoa value chain. We help them to get the recognition they deserve for their contribution by giving role models more visibility and, ultimately, challenging the stereotypes that so often hold back women and diverse groups.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, we have published a new interactive storybook to showcase the contribution that women make to cocoa sustainability across the value chain. The book brings together stories from women working in West Africa’s cocoa sector – highlighting the progress as well as the challenges of gender equality in the sector.
Cargill and women’s economic empowerment
Cargill is taking a leadership role on women’s economic empowerment – we are working to offer the skills, the tools and the resources to empower women in cocoa communities. We are doing so systematically, at scale and across the value chain and our evidence-based approach means that we can quantify the difference we are making.
Taco Terheijden, Director of Cocoa Sustainability at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, shares some of his points of view on why a thriving cocoa sector is predicated on successful female role models. Read more... (this will open a link outside the Cargill website)
Image Credits: © Stéphanie Bré and Sandrine Benitah