Our Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
How we monitor, evaluate and report on our results
We believe it’s crucial to have a consistent methodology to measure progress and performance. This is set out in our Monitoring and Evaluation system, which helps us to capture learnings at three different levels:
1) Results of our interventions (farmer training, farm development and community support): either through their reach (the number of farmers provided with fertilizer) or their adoption (the number of farmers using fertilizer).
2) Results of our programs (farmer and community livelihoods): refers to the changes that occur thanks to multiple successful interventions (for example, the percentage change in yield or net income for farmers that have received and used the fertilizer).
3) Impact of the Cargill Cocoa Promise: focuses on the overall objective of contributing to a thriving cocoa sector for generations to come.
As a result of our developed Monitoring and Evaluation framework, we now have more accurate data and can apply our learning. This has enabled us to design and develop the most effective programs and continuously refine our sustainability strategy. Rather than becoming complacent, we constantly invest in finding even more accurate ways to measure results, for example, using digital technology.
In addition, we will continue to gather more detailed information on a larger number of farmers and communities. At the same time, we will try to help our local partners, such as coaches and farmer cooperatives, become better information providers, specifically through our Know your Farm and Farmer program. The information they provide will help to sharpen our understanding of what is working and what is not for our farmers. We will also work with research partners and commission third party studies to enrich our knowledge and gain further insights.