Cargill is investing over a USD113m to expand its cocoa processing sites in Yopougon, Ivory Coast and Tema, Ghana.
According to the company, a USD100m investment will increase production capacity at Yopougon by 50%, creating 85 full-time local jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs, while a USD13m investment increases capacity at the Tema site in Ghana by 20%. To meet customer demand, a significant share of the additional capacity in the cocoa processing plant in Yopougon will be fully dedicated to produce Gerkens, deeply rich brown cocoa powders.
At the same time, Cargill is also investing USD12.3m over the next three years to expand sustainability and supply chain traceability programs in the two countries. This is a combination of a USD7.7m investment in Ivory Coast, and USD3.4m in Ghana in programs that will enhance the safety and well-being of children and families in cocoa farming areas and provide a more transparent, traceable cocoa supply chain for customers and consumers.
Lionel Soulard, managing director Cargill West-Africa explained the expansion of the processing plants: “We aim to shift a greater share of our global grinding activities to the countries of origin, so we can support the establishment of broader, local agri-food industry. Working directly with both governments and other key stakeholders, we are committed to economic growth, building sustainable local businesses and diversifying sources of income for cocoa farming communities.”
The sustainability and supply chain investments in the two countries are taking place as part of the Cargill Cocoa Promise: the company’s commitment to improving the lives of cocoa farmers and their communities. These community projects will focus on creating stronger, more resilient cocoa-farming communities.
The Ivory Coast investment will include a series of measures made to monitor and reduce child labor, operational and digital training for cooperative leaders and female entrepreneurs, supporting women’s groups and the construction of six new schools in Ghana.
Cargill’s USD3.4m investment in sustainability and social programs in Ghana will go towards expanded or new programs with partners to create a more sustainable cocoa sector.
In Ivory Coast, Cargill has also committed an additional USD1.2m to implement scalable mapping and monitoring technology solutions in 2020, including GPS polygon mapping and a digital Cooperative Management System (CMS) to advance traceability of the supply chain. In Ghana, where Cargill has already achieved 100% traceability in its supply chain from farm to factory using these technologies, the company will continue to invest in GPS polygon mapping of new farms.