Cargill in Côte d'Ivoire
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Cargill has been active in Côte d’Ivoire since 1997 and employs over 570 people in four locations: Abidjan, Daloa, Gagnoa and San Pedro. Our network of buying stations, commercial, sustainability and crop research teams work closely with cocoa farmers and communities to source locally grown beans for our state-of-the art processing operation which produces cocoa products for food and confectionery customers around the world. Additionally, we trade cotton from Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring markets in West Africa.
- Cocoa sourcing activities
- Deployment of Cargill Cocoa Promise sustainability program
- Production of cocoa products including cocoa liquor, butter, cake and powder
- Cotton trading
2022 Signature of MOU with Ministry of Water and Forest to protect and reforest the Dassioko Classified Forest.
2022 Opening of eight new schools by Cargill, in partnership with CNS (National Committee for Monitoring Actions against Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor).
2021 Inauguration of plant expansion Yopougon($100 million investment), which now has a capacity of 160,000 mts.
2021 Marking Cargill - CARE partnership of a decade of transforming lives in cocoa communities.
2020 Launching of CocoaWise™, a centralized data platform building transparency and traceability in the cocoa supply chain.
2019 Announcement of Coop Academy 2.0 by Cargill and IFC to empower cocoa producing cooperative; new program has increased focus on digitalization of supply chain and women economic empowerment.
2019 $7.7 million investment into sustainability programming with partners CARE, Save the Children and International Cocoa Initiative.
2015 Launching of a risk sharing facility project in partnership with the International Finance Initiative (IFC) to offer affordable commercial loans to farmer cooperatives.
2015 $1.9m public-private partnership between Cargill, Conseil du Café-Cacao (council for the regulation, stabilization and development of the coffee and cocoa industry in Côte d’Ivoire), CARE International and 14 cooperatives to open 11 new schools and 3 health centers to improve education for 1,650 children and healthcare for over 25,000 people.
2013 Launching of first-of-its-kind Coop Academy to train cooperative leaders in business and management skills in partnership with IDH (the Sustainable Trade Initiative), TechnoServe, IFC and INPHB (Institute Nationale. Polytechnique Houphouet Boigny).
2012 Launch of the Cargill Cocoa Promise.
2002 Certification of the cocoa processing plant. Cargill’s plant received industry certification and a quality award.
2000 Launch of production of Cargill’s cocoa processing plant in Yopougon started production.
Learn more about how Cargill is working to have the most sustainable food supply chains in the world.
Cargill is committed to operating responsibly as we pursue our goal to be the global leader in nourishing the world. We are committed to operating our business in a responsible way; reducing our environmental impact; and improving the communities where we live and work.
The Cargill Cocoa Promise is our program to support long-term sustainable cocoa production to make a difference to the lives of farmers and their communities, while meeting the growing global demand for better quality, sustainable cocoa beans.
In Côte d’Ivoire we are providing support and training to farmers to improve their livelihoods, encourage better farming standards, increase yields and strengthen their communities. We are working closely with farmer cooperatives to provide knowledge, skills and support to develop their businesses sustainably, while additionally improving access to healthcare and education for local communities.
Cargill West Africa S.A
Treichville, Zone 3, Rue des Brasseurs, Boulevard VGE
01 BP V 215 ABIDJAN 01
00 27 21 75 25 00