Cargill has been processing cocoa in Ghana for the past five years and entered a partnership with CARE in 2010 aiming to support smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana.
The partnership will now run until 2016. Cargill and Care have together trained over 9,500 farmers in Ghana to date and are aiming to reach over 20,000 farmers through farmer field schools by 2016.
Jos de Loor, president of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business, said: “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.”
The partnership forms part of Cargill’s sustainable cocoa initiative: the Cargill Cocoa Promise.