Tema, Ghana — Cargill Inc.’s cocoa and chocolate business has made its first payment for the production of certified sustainable cocoa beans in Ghana.
A total of 3,900 farmers received funds to support the production of sustainable cocoa following the completion of Cargill’s farmer training program. The payments are a result of Cargill’s Cocoa Promise to support cocoa farming communities with training and a long-term investment in the sustainable production of cocoa.
Cargill reports one of the farmers in the program, David Kobina Aidoo, says: “By using what I've learned through the farmer field school training program, I have a healthier farm with higher yields. By becoming certified I've received this premium payment for my crop, with other payments to come as the harvest period progresses, which is good for me and my family.”
The company says it is on track to reach its target goal to train 15,000 farmers in the next three years and 2,500 tons of UTZ-certified cocoa from this first harvest cycle have already been processed at Cargill’s Tema plant, “ensuring a large part of the value chain remains within the country,” Cargill reports.