Food giant Cargill has said it has used GPS mapping to track the land of more than 110,000 farmers in its cocoa supply chain.
In a sustainability progress report, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate said GPS mapping now covered more than 188,000 hectares of forest across its cocoa supply chain, which includes Brazil, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia.
The company said farmers have been using digital systems for fast, secure payment. Business operations have been improved through Cargill’s digital Cooperative Management System.
The needs of 137 communities in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana have been assessed in order to develop Community Action Plans and enable farmers to develop and identify sourcing opportunities.
As well as business management support, over 200,000 cocoa farmers worldwide have been receiving Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training.
Farmers were able to boost productivity and create long-term sustainable management with the successful adoption of Cargill’s GAPs. The number of farmers using GAPs has doubled in Cote d’Ivoire from 14% to 28%, said Cargill.
The GPS mapping programme, announced in December 2017, enables the source of cocoa to be traced to its origin and enables Cargill to identify and prepare for areas of risk, such as deforestation.
Harold Poelma, president of Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business, said: “This sustainability report highlights how we are taking action on a range of issues across the cocoa sector, while maintaining a farmer-first approach. It is vital that everything we do creates lasting benefits for cocoa farmers, their families and communities, and empowers them to own their futures and achieve success as small businesses while protecting our planet.
“It is our belief that the journey towards sustainable business practices is far greater than the actions or interests of any one company. By partnering up with other organisations and playing to our individual strengths we can achieve fundamental and lasting transformation, together.”
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