Cargill announces investments in Ghanaian cocoa industry, farmer communities

Chief Executive, David MacLennan laying a brick to commence the expansion works. Cargill has announced a $13 million investment in the expansion of its cocoa processing site in Tema, Ghana to increase production capacity by 20%.

Cargill has also committed $3.4 million to Ghanaian community sustainability programs and cocoa traceability efforts in Ghana.

These programs will enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and families in cocoa farming areas and provide a more transparent, traceable cocoa supply chain for customers and consumers according to Cargill Chief Executive, David MacLennan.

The announcement was made by Mr MacLennan during a dinner hosted by the U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan in his honour as part of activities marking his industrial visit to Ghana.

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was the Special Guest at the dinner.

Mr MacLennan’s industrial visit with a team of top executives was to afford Cargill the opportunity to deepen its relationship with the Ghanaian government and stakeholders of the cocoa industry as well as inspect and announce new investments in Ghana.

The itinerary of his visit comprised a tour of the Cargill cocoa processing site where Mr MacLennan laid the first stone to symbolize the expansion works and the Akodzo Basic School in Tema, one of the educational projects under the Cargill Cocoa Promise , the company’s corporate commitment to improving the livelihoods in communities where they operate. Cargill CEO, David MacLennan (L) welcoming Dr Bawumia to the dinner while Ambassador Sullivan looks on.

Commenting on this new project, Managing Director of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business in Ghana, Aedo van der Weij says the company wants to meet customer demand as well as continuously work with the Ghanaian government and other key stakeholders to create economic opportunities and build sustainable local businesses.

“The $13 million investment to expand Cargill’s cocoa processing site in Tema will create many indirect jobs, from labourers to university-educated positions.

“Building on the success of the ‘Good of taste of Ghana’ when we started producing cocoa powders in the country in 2008, the expansion of Tema is needed to meet customer demand for high-value cocoa powders.

“Working directly with the Ghanaian government and other key stakeholders, we are committed to economic growth, building sustainable local businesses and diversifying sources of income for those who live here.” Aedo van der Weij remarked. Investing in local communities, sustainability In addition to the site investment, Cargill will invest $3.4 million over the […]

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