Nestle launches plan to support cocoa farmers

•  The plan will among others, enable cocoa farmers to run profitable farms.

• The plan will among others, enable cocoa farmers to run profitable farms.

Nestlé Ghana has launched the “Nestlé Cocoa Plan,” a global initiative meant to support cocoa farmers and increase the quality of their crops.

The plan focuses on three pillars: enabling farmers to run profitable farms, improving social conditions, and sourcing sustainable good quality cocoa.

Nestlé would pursue the targets by training farmers and eliminating child labour, providing education, health and water needs of women and children, and distributing and rewarding quality cocoa by ensuring its long term supply and transparency in the supply chain.

The launch of the plan in Ghana comes as a specific commitment of Nestlé to the implementation of the “Cocoa Action,” an industry-wide strategy aimed at accelerating sustainability and improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

In Ghana, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan would be implemented in partnership with Source Trust, Armajaro (ECOMS) and Noble Resource.

Moataz El Hout, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Limited, said: “We believe collaboration with partners, a multi-stakeholder approach and transparency are critical to our long-term success and will benefit the communities we work with.”

The Deputy Chief Executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr. Francis Oppong, said: “COCOBOD gives its support to industrial initiatives geared towards improving and sustaining the cocoa industry and recognises the need to collaborate and co-ordinate efforts with the private sector to achieve success.”

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is already active in most major cocoa-growing countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Indonesia.

Nestlé Ghana has been supporting cocoa-growing communities since 2009. The company has trained over 9,000 farmers, built three schools and constructed eight boreholes benefitting 14,000 people in communities in the Eastern and Ashanti regions.

The company has also built four Village Resource Centres that provide training for local students and video training on best farming methods for cocoa farmers.

GNA

 

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