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Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate – Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana

Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate – Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana 2-SourceTrace


Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate supports hundreds of thousands of farmers across five countries in Africa. SourceTrace solution was used to digitize 240,000 cocoa farmers to grow cocoa certified under UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade in the West African countries of Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Ghana. The farms are distributed across different locations in these three countries.

Cargill is committed to improving the lives of cocoa farmers and their communities, and at the same time, secure a long-term supply of cocoa for its business. From accelerating its work to build socio-economic resilience of cocoa farmers, to protecting the environment and improving the transparency of its supply chain, Cargill’s goals serve to achieve its ambition of improving farmer and community livelihood.

As part of its overarching strategy to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain and to align existing efforts in its cocoa growing countries, Cargill launched the “Cargill Cocoa Promise” in 2012. This was the time when Cargill took up an ambitious goal of making cocoa farming more sustainable and tackling major challenges faced by the Cocoa industry – deforestations, child labour and providing fair price to farmers.

Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate – Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon , Ghana 1-SourceTrace

Problem or need

  • To have a digital solution to monitor cocoa farms located across three countries and capture data pertaining to farmers and farms

  • Need for periodic and standardized data collection for monitoring and evaluation

  • Need for a single, centralized repository for complete visibility and ease of reporting

  • Requirement of collecting data in multiple local languages

  • Reporting origin data to customers


Cargill has deployed SourceTrace’s solutions for the following:

  • SourceTrace’s monitoring and evaluation solution was used to collect more than 1.2million surveys over three and a half years with more than 2700 data collectors on the ground.

  • Standardized method of data collection was followed for high data quality

  • Data was centralized in a single repository. This centralized data also enabled easier internal reporting for farmer trainings and sustainability programmes and for external reporting such as customer communication.

  • GPS-enabled mobile app was used to calculate the precise area of certified productive farms

  • Social infrastructure items, such as schools, hospital and sanitation facilities, were identified using GPS.

  • Data were collected in French and English and structured into a ready-to-analyse format

Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate – Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana-SourceTrace


  • Better monitoring of cocoa farms, farmers and increased transparency brought in production process

  • Social infrastructure mapped and farmer lives impacted

  • Origin information communicated to consumers

  • Helped monitor and eliminate deforestation and child labour in cocoa value chains and supported the creation of sustainable farming communities

SourceTrace has been felicitated for its notable contribution towards sustainable cocoa growing communities in the Cargill Cocoa Promise Report 2019

About SourceTrace

SourceTrace is a SaaS (Software As A Service) company that focuses on sustainable agriculture and empowerment of farmers.

SourceTrace's advanced technology platform DATAGREEN provides comprehensive solutions to manage all aspects of the agricultural value chain.


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