We are creating stronger, more resilient cocoa farming communities by investing in the wellbeing and progress of farming families.
Cocoa farming communities face a variety of challenges including low access to services and infrastructure, food insecurity, poverty, child labor, gender inequality, and limited education opportunities. To ensure the wellbeing and resilience of cocoa farming communities and families, Cargill focuses on enabling additional income-generating activities, establishing and maintaining an ecosystem of social services, and providing information on how to improve overall wellbeing.
Providing farm workers with healthcare services, educating the next generation of farmers to a high standard, working to identify and prevent child labor, and giving women more access to economic opportunities are all vital for strengthening the socio-economic resilience of cocoa farmers, families and communities. Such interventions also improve farm productivity, helping to secure cocoa supplies for generations to come.
One million families benefiting from the services of the Cargill Cocoa Promise by 2030
Our Community Wellbeing Strategic Action Plan provides a roadmap towards achieving our goal of stronger, more resilient cocoa farming communities.
How are we achieving our goal?
Together with our partners, we are implementing community-driven initiatives to help prevent child labor while also enhancing women’s and youth economic opportunities, increasing access to quality education, and improving health and nutrition. To this end, we work with local leaders to conduct Community Needs Assessments and then develop tailored Community Action Plans to accelerate community wellbeing.
Our efforts focus on implementing context-specific programs in the following areas:
Results from our 2021 sustainability report:
51,708 farming households have been monitored through our Child Labor Monitoring & Remediation System (CLMRS) in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Indonesia. We also made initial preparations to set up a CLMRS in Brazil.
We implemented more than 2,500 community projects and more than 600 community actions plans, in 2021, with more attention paid to health, nutrition and gender equality.
In 2021, 11,359 women participated in 686 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs)
Cargill became a signatory to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.