Partnering to Improve Community Well-being in West Africa
See how Cargill collaborates with partners to ensure full traceability of our cocoa supply chain in West Africa.
Why is this critical
We can’t achieve life-changing improvements for cocoa growing communities on our own. Our partnerships are essential to driving lasting, positive change. From farmers, cooperatives and non-governmental organizations to local communities and governments in West Africa, we walk together to improve community well-being every day on the ground in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
How we are helping
Cargill partners with numerous organizations to positively impact the lives of all community members in West Africa. Over the next three years, we will invest $12.3 million USD in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire to improve the safety and well-being of children and families in cocoa growing communities, and enhance the transparency and traceability of our supply chain. This requires collaborating with our partners on a variety of initiatives to empower communities and achieve the Cargill Cocoa Promise in these two countries. Thus far, we have supported nearly 2,500 communities with community programs and more than 200 communities have tailored action plans in place.
How we are helping
We’ve worked hand-in-hand with one of our partners, CARE, for more than 50 years. In West Africa, our work improves community well-being in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire through our Promoting a Sustainable and Food Secure World (PROSPER) project. PROSPER is helping to create thriving cocoa-growing communities where children are educated, women and young people are empowered to succeed, and community members are well nourished and healthy.
We also partner extensively with Save the Children to address the root causes of child labor in the cocoa industry. We are starting a new program with Save the Children in Côte d'Ivoire to support youth who are at risk of child labor. While transforming the cocoa sector will require much more progress to drive systemic changes, we continue our journey with our partners on the ground in West Africa to help create thriving cocoa-growing communities.
As of this year, 219 communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have participated in a full needs assessment and have community action plans in place.
More on how Cargill is partnering to improve community well-being in Africa:
- Cocoa Sustainability Report
- Redefining Our Goals
- Strengthening Our Cargill Cocoa Promise
- Cocoa Partnerships
- Recent Sustainability and Traceability Initiatives in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire