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Cargill and Nestlé strengthen support to Indonesian cocoa farming communities

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SULAWESI, Indonesia – 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 program comprises activities under three key NCP pillars – Better Farming, where farmers will receive GAP (good agricultural practices) 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.

“Asia is one of the fastest-growing regions for chocolate globally¹ 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,” said Francesca Kleemans, managing director for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia Pacific. “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 revitalize Indonesia’s global standing as a leading cocoa origination market.”

“We are delighted to work together with Cargill to expand the implementation of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in Indonesia. Collaboration with our suppliers is key to improve the sustainability of the cocoa sector and the lives of cocoa farmers. This is part of our commitment to source 100% of our cocoa within the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2025,” said Darrell High, Global Nestlé Cocoa Plan Manager.

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan program in Indonesia builds on 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.

¹ Data from Euromonitor