The programme will include coaching in sustainable farming practices, access to farm inputs, and replanting support, as well as a child labour monitoring and remediation system coupled with prevention aid.
Reinforcing its commitment to the Cargill Cocoa Promise that aims to ensure a thriving and sustainable cocoa sector for generations to come, Cargill has announced a new partnership with Nestlé to extend the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP) to benefit its network of cocoa farmers in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Starting with some 2,000 farmers this year, the programme comprises activities under three key NCP pillars – Better Farming, where farmers will receive good agricultural practices (GAP) coaching, support for cocoa tree replanting and shade tree planting, and access to farm inputs; Better Lives, which will broaden the Child Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) to more cocoa farming households, in partnership with NGO Save the Children; and Better Cocoa where Cargill will ensure the full transparency of cocoa supplied to Nestlé from Indonesia, using digital tools with certified farmers and suppliers, that facilitate supply chain traceability.
Francesca Kleemans, managing director for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia-Pacific, commented: “Asia is one of the fastest-growing regions for chocolate globally, and this has opened up opportunities for Indonesia to respond as the most prominent Asian producer. The country is already a key cocoa sourcing origin and processing location for Cargill’s products in the region.
“Cargill and Nestlé have long shared a close working relationship and a vision to support the long-term, holistic development of cocoa farming communities. With this sustainability-focused partnership, we look forward to the impact our joint efforts will make in improving the livelihoods of thousands of households, and revitalise Indonesia’s global standing as a leading cocoa origination market.”
The programme in Indonesia builds on existing NCP partnerships between both companies in other cocoa sourcing markets of Ivory Coast and Cameroon, which reach approximately 15,000 farming households with a full range of programming including farmer coaching, service delivery models, environmental protection, community support and CLMRS.