Cocoa Promise has enabled 49 schools to be built, including 12 new ones this year, said Cargill, and has reached 36,000 children. Launched in 2012, the scheme has also helped increase primary school enrollment by 4.7% in Ghana over the past two years,
Around 90,000 farmers have been trained or are currently being trained to understand the worst form of child labor, the supplier said in a recent report, while the use of better plant protection has improved average yields by 23%.
“Our approach is evolving into a more result-driven one,” said Taco Terheijden, director of cocoa sustainability at Cargill. “We’re starting to realize how to produce desirable outcomes for cocoa farmers more effectively, and we’re learning how to track and measure the percentage of children who stay in school for certain period of time.”
Cargill has also introduced a monitoring and evaluation system that enables local farmer organizations to use GPS to measure the input of yields, and upload the information to the central system.
“One of our challenges is that there are many declared farm sizes, so this new application can more accurately measure the size of a farm and improve the efficiency of cocoa farmers,” Terheijden said.
As consumers demand more information about where their products come from, and how they are brought to the market, Cargill is building a more transparent supply chain, added Terheijden.