Improving nutritional wellbeing in cocoa-growing communities
Cargill is committed to a world where every person has access to safe and nutritious food. To create thriving cocoa-growing communities, we invest in initiatives that enable people in local communities to improve their nutritional wellbeing. Sometimes this can be done by educating them about the need for a balanced diet and what this comprises; other times it involves training that shows them how to grow more food, at a lower cost, for personal and family consumption.
Improving household nutrition in Ghana
We are working with CARE to provide farm households in Ghana with high-yielding seeds for fruits and vegetables. We train extension agents to provide education to communities on nutrition, dietary diversity, food preservation and storage. 5,653 women and men have now been educated on food and nutrition security and our simply designed nutrition counseling cards have been provided to 1,500 farmers.
To help us assess the outcome of our nutrition programs, we use a scoring system developed by CARE. This questionnaire-based approach produces a score for all participants, with a score of seven or higher indicating good nutrition. The system covers 12 food groups: cereals; roots and tubers; vegetables; fruits; meat and poultry; eggs; fish and seafood; pulses, legumes and nuts; dairy; oils and fats; sugar and honey; other food stuffs. With support from Cargill in partnership with CARE, food insecurity in 110 communities in Ghana decreased by 12.5% between 2013-16”.
Tackling malnutrition in Indonesia
Despite economic growth in recent years, 9.5 million children under age five in Indonesia are malnourished – the fifth highest rate in the world. Malnutrition costs Indonesia more than US$5 billion annually due to lost productivity, which is caused by low levels of education and diminished physical capability . We began working with Swisscontact in 2014 to improve the health outcomes of cocoa farming communities in Sulawesi, Indonesia, by providing nutrition and health training. Community members learn how to grow vegetable gardens and maintain fishponds to ensure that they have access to diverse sources of nutrients. In addition to improving community health, the training helps women to develop new means of generating an income and farmers are encouraged to diversify their crops to improve their economic resilience.
Progress and highlights
5,653 community members educated on food and nutrition security in Ghana
Cooking demonstrations organized in 37 communities in Ghana, attended by 2,417 people, including 1,538 women
>14,400 households in Indonesian cocoa farming communities received training to improve their nutritional practices
In Ghana, we will work with around 250 communities to improve food security and nutrition.
In Indonesia, we will continue to improve farmers’ general health through better nutrition by reaching 16,000 direct beneficiaries by the end of 2017.