Tema, Ghana — Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate has renewed its three-year, $800,000 partnership with humanitarian organization CARE to support smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana, the company says.
The announcement marks the fifth anniversary of Cargill’s cocoa processing operations in Ghana and confirms its commitment to sustainable cocoa through the Cargill Cocoa Promise.
The CARE project’s goals for the next three years include increasing the incomes of more than 5,500 farm families, enabling 12,500 children to complete primary school, supporting more than 3,000 parents in improving their children’s education and nutrition, and training 850 teachers and administrators in 110 cocoa communities in Ghana in which it operates. Since 2006, the project has trained 9,500 cocoa farmers, and aims to reach an additional 20,000, Cargill reports.
Jos de Loor, president of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business, notes: “Ghana has built its reputation throughout the world for its outstanding-quality cocoa. Over the past five years we have been able to produce a diverse range of locally processed, high-quality cocoa products to meet the growing demand from our customers across the world and create value for the Ghanaian cocoa sector.”