Global food company Cargill has revealed that the sourcing of sustainable cocoa in Ghana has doubled since the introduction of its licensed buying company (LBC) model.
The sourcing levels have increased by 30% from 10,000 years ago, and more than 13,000 cocoa farmers are now benefiting.
Under its LBC model, Cargill sources and purchases cocoa directly from certified farmers, which helps to build stronger relationships with the farmers, as well as with their communities.
Cargill Ghana Cocoa and Chocolate business managing director Pieter Reichert said: “Direct sourcing puts cocoa farmers at the heart of our business, and it means Cargill has become the partner of choice for cocoa farmers in Ghana.
“Farmers are recognising that, as well as a higher income, our approach offers them a wide range of support services to help them improve the quality and quantity of cocoa beans produced.
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