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 – farmers will receive GAP (good agricultural practices) coaching, support for cocoa tree replanting and shade tree planting, and access to farm inputs.
- Better Lives – to broaden the Child Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) to more cocoa farming households, in partnership with NGO Save the Children.
- Better Cocoa –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.”
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan program in Indonesia builds existing Nestlé Cocoa Plan partnerships between Cargill and Nestlé in other major 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.