Cocoa academy launched

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cargill-logoCargill has established a business skills programme for cocoa farmer co-operative executives in Côte d’Ivoire with the launch of the Cargill Coop.

The programme is the latest initiative under the Cargill Cocoa Promise and provides co-operative leaders with the management skills to make their organisations more professional, efficient and successful.

The Cargill Coop Academy provides co-operative managers with 28 days of intensive training, followed by a year of personalised and on-the-ground coaching. The programme includes training and support around good governance, the structure and principles of a co-operative, people management skills, improving operational management, enhancing financial and auditing techniques, and developing business and marketing plans.

“Supporting and strengthening farmer organisations is central to Cargill’s commitment to securing a long-term supply of high quality cocoa and to improving cocoa farmers’ livelihoods, ” says Lionel Soulard, managing director Côte d’Ivoire, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate.

“With our Coop Academy programme, it is the first time this level and scale of training is offered to the cocoa sector. It provides co-operative leaders with the knowledge to improve the day-to-day running of their coops, and crucially enables them to develop the skills to grow their business successfully. Ultimately our customers will significantly benefit from this ground-breaking enterprise to sustain a high-quality supply of cocoa.”

The Academy aims to reach more than 400 co-operative leaders across 110 of Cargill’s partner co-operatives. The first 40 executives from 10 cocoa co-operatives recently graduated upon completion of the Cargill Coop Academy and were recognised during a ceremony in Abidjan.

Source: Confectionery Production