We help smallholder farmers navigate fluctuating socio-economic and environmental conditions by connecting them to skills and resources that increase their resilience.
Most cocoa farmers’ livelihoods depend in large part on the income they make from selling cocoa beans. Yet their profitability is subject to a large number of factors, only some of which they can control.
Alongside external factors such as price fluctuations, crop failures, or civil unrest, many farmers struggle with ageing, minimally-productive trees and have limited access to the infrastructure, training and finance they need to run their farms as successful businesses.
We believe that the best way to ensure cocoa farmers can thrive while safeguarding the future of cocoa, is to strengthen the resilience and prosperity of cocoa farming households. Through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, we empower farmers to become true entrepreneurs who can maximize their profitability and manage their farms as businesses.
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One million farmers benefiting from the services of the Cargill Cocoa Promise by 2030
Our Farmer Livelihoods Strategic Action Plan lays out how we will achieve this across both our direct and indirect supply chains.
How are we achieving our goal?
The foundation for improving farmer resilience is increased farm profitability through training, one-on-one coaching and access to inputs. Helping farmers implement efficient, environmentally friendly and safe practices boosts farm productivity. Tree health, fertilizer use, and soil fertility are among the topics farmers learn about.
We also help farmers to implement Farm Development Plans (FDPs) that contribute to higher yields over the long term and we work to professionalize cocoa farming by providing financial and business literacy training. This, coupled with better access to finance, can help farmers to plan ahead and pave the way for long-term success.
Beyond individual farmers, we know that many cocoa farming communities lack access to basic services such as quality education, healthcare and nutrition. We recognize that farmers are more resilient when their communities are too, which is why our efforts to support farmers go hand in hand with our Community Wellbeing programs.
Learn more about our Community Wellbeing goal.
- In 2018 alone, more than 200,000 farmers have received training and/or one-on-one coaching to ensure adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
- The Cargill Cocoa Promise has supported 128 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire, 227 cooperatives in Cameroon, 318 communities in Ghana, 1,878 farmers’ groups in Indonesia and 8 cooperatives in Brazil.
- 89 farmer organizations have benefitted from Doni Doni, our financial services program, securing more than EUR 7.5 million in loans, and have been provided with 261 trucks to help them access markets for their beans and ensure quality during transportation.