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Sustainability

2015 Highlights

1. Finance

  • US$152 million short-term finance for crop purchasing and other micro-finance requirements (down 5% on 2014 due to slightly fewer farmers as a result of business restructuring)
  • US$24.8 million in medium-term financing (up 3% on 2014) usually for 1 month to a year
  • US$0.33 million in long-term finance for farm and asset investments.

2. Improved yield

  • 254,146 farmers trained in Good Agricultural Practices (16% of whom are women)
  • 2,880,137 seedlings distributed
  • 1,816 model farms, demonstration plots and farmer field schools (89% increase on 2014).

3. Labour practices

  • 213,560 farmers trained in good labour practices
  • Promoted farm safety through training on safe pesticide application and tools handling, and provision of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, across a wide range of businesses, from
    Côte d’Ivoire Cotton to India Coffee to Indonesia Cocoa.

4. Market access

  • US$527.38 million paid to farmers (not including premiums). This is an increase of 12% despite slightly fewer farmers.

5. Quality

  • US$24.04 million paid in premiums for quality (up 16% on 2014 despite slightly fewer farmers).

6. Traceability

  • 647,512 hectares under the OLC
  • 197,948 hectares GPS mapped (134% increase on 2014) to better understand the farmers’ landscape
  • 1,263,228 tonnes of sustainable product, of which 97% is traceable and 25% is certified.

7. Social investment

  • Improved access to clean water for 15,000 farmers through construction of 15 boreholes and wells, 1 aqueduct, 1 gravity water system, and equipping 5 water purification systems.
  • Health campaigns reached about 200,000 people across Africa (including HIV, Ebola, and Malaria awareness; HIV and Typhoid screening and the distribution of mosquito nets).
  • Constructed 5 primary schools in Côte d’Ivoire and 2 school libraries in Indonesia, serving 930 students.
  • Improved infrastructure and equipment at over 60 primary and secondary schools with computers, teaching materials, solar lighting, and classroom and teacher housing renovation.
  • Repaired 200 kilometres of rural roads in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and India, improving the transportation of people and their wares.

8. Environmental impact

  • Training on sustainable soil management reached about 140,000 farmers and 300,000 hectares of cocoa, cotton, coffee, cashew, sugar and black pepper. Topics included integrated soil fertility management, composting, integrated pest management, agroforestry, and promotion of shade trees.
  • Training on biodiversity and eco-systems conservation reached about 50,000 farmers and 90,000 hectares of cocoa, cotton, and hazelnuts.
  • Training on forest conservation, reforestation, avoiding bush fires, and climate education, reached about 60,000 farmers managing 110,000 hectares of cocoa, cotton, coffee, cashew, sugar, and black pepper.
  • Training on sustainable water management reached about 120,000 farmers managing 250,000 hectares of cocoa, cotton, coffee, sugar, and rice. Topics include maintaining a buffer zone (not planting nor spraying) near water ways and protected areas; avoiding water wastage; and smart irrigation.