Gender Equity & Women’s Empowerment
Taking a holistic approach to advance gender equity and promote women’s empowerment in the cocoa sector.
Women are the social and economic foundation of many cocoa-growing communities. They are farmers, entrepreneurs and business owners, and also often take primary responsibility for children’s education and family nutrition. Empowering women not only improves their livelihoods and that of their families, but it can also have a significant positive impact on communities at large.
Gender equity in cocoa communities
In cocoa communities, women provide nearly half the labor on farms. Our goal is to advance gender equity and women’s empowerment through gender-focused programs that can help close the gaps in equality and contribute to broad societal change.
Our holistic approach to gender equity and women’s empowerment
Cargill supports gender equity and women’s empowerment holistically and at scale through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, our program to enable farmers and their communities to achieve better incomes and living standards while growing cocoa sustainably. The program has been implemented in all countries where we source cocoa: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia, Brazil and Ecuador.
We focus our interventions on two areas where we can have the greatest impact on cocoa households:
Raising awareness of gender
Providing access to resources for women
Benefits for cocoa households
When women have equal opportunities, cocoa households realize significant benefits:
How we will drive progress
Cargill partners with customers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), service providers, implementing partners, governments and others to deliver innovative solutions and harness the combined power of gender equity and women’s empowerment interventions.
As a signatory to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles, we are working to mainstream gender in our own operations and across supply chains. With an integrated approach and improved data and reporting, we will continue to build capacity for gender-focused resources and scalable solutions.
Progress reported in 2021:
- More than 11,000 women benefited from over 600 VSLAs set up by CARE and the International Cocoa Initiative in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
- Cargill is working with the International Finance Corporation and Empow’Her to provide entrepreneurial training and coaching to 687 women organized in groups to start income-generating activities as part of the Coop Academy in Côte d’Ivoire.
- In Côte d’Ivoire, Cargill is working with Empow’Her and PUR Projet to promote diversified incomes and climate-smart entrepreneurship for women, supporting so far 50 women who have started 10 business projects in agroforestry.
- We continue to promote women-led businesses contributing to income diversification in our cocoa supply chain, such as in Cameroon with LadyAgri and in Brazil with Imaflora.
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