Cargill has published its second report on its ‘Cocoa Promise,’ highlighting what it claims is progress towards improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities.
Strengthening the Cocoa Promise, the company has introduced a monitoring and evaluation system to improve the effectiveness of its activities, enabling a more evidence-based approach to help raise the living standards of farmers and their families, as well as to address the sustainability challenges in the cocoa supply chain.
“We have advanced our way of thinking and reporting. It’s not only about reaching the farmer; we are focused on improving livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities. Capturing the results of our efforts achieved on the ground is key, as it helps us understand how our actions are delivering results that truly benefit farmers and communities” said Harold Poelma, President, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate.
Cargill said that, in association with strong partner organizations on the ground, it supports the development of professional, business-oriented farmer organizations that take responsibility for managing sustainability programmes and supporting their implementation by farmers and communities. Some 181 co-operatives are now enrolled in the programme.