Zurich -- Lindt & Sprüngli AG is extending its cocoa sustainability program in Ghana with a goal of reaching more than 45,000 farmers by 2016.
The initiative will include detailed farm mapping, a farmer professionalization training program, improved planting materials through grower-led nurseries and access to credit for necessary planting appliances in new farm shops. In addition, in every Ghana farming district that doesn't currently have a Village Resource Center, one will be installed.
To date, Lindt’s sustainability program has reached 23,000 farmers in Ghana and has set a goal of reaching an additional 25,000 during the next three years, the company reports.
Further, more than $15 million in premium payments have been made to farmers in the country, according to Lindt, which says the money is used to improve infrastructure and complete social projects.
The company reports sourcing 100 percent of its West African cocoa from Ghana because of the country's reputation of producing a consistent volume of high-quality cocoa beans.