Cargill has extended its sustainable cocoa programme to South Sulawesi province, Indonesia – an important step in developing sustainable cocoa production and increasing the yields of farmers in Indonesia – the world’s third largest producer of cocoa beans.
This launch in Indonesia builds on the ongoing success of Cargill’s activities to develop sustainable cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Brazil and Vietnam. It strengthens Cargill’s intention to scale up its efforts and develop its cocoa operations in Indonesia to help meet the increasing demand for cocoa across Asia.
The first step in Cargill’s programme will establish farmer field schools to teach farmers good agricultural practices to help improve yields, enhance the quality of cocoa and increase their incomes. The Farmer Field Schools will also train farmers on best practices for pest and disease control – an important element in Indonesia where currently it is estimated over 50 percent of the cocoa crop is lost to pests and diseases according to Cargill’s Crop Research Analysts. Initially, the aim is to train 1,000 farmers to reach independent sustainable certification for either UTZ or Rainforest Alliance certification.