The Plan, has also supported women farmers and improved access to education for their children.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, Mr Aaron Fenu, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Manager of Nestle Ghana, said Nestle Ghana, has also built schools in the Ashanti and Eastern regions, constructed village resource centres and dug bore holes to support the cocoa producing communities where they operate.
He explained that the Cocoa Plan initiative is aimed at helping farmers to run profitable farms, through farmer training, distribution of higher yielding cocoa plants and rewards for good quality cocoa.
He said Nestlé Cocoa Plan, is also to increase suppliers’ profitability, secure high-quality cocoa for their business, and address supply chain issues such as child labour, gender inequality and poor social conditions.
“Through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we distribute stronger plants, train farmers in better agricultural practices, support women farmers and improve access to education for children.
“By the end of 2016, Nestle would have sourced 130, 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Plan and complete the roll-out of our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System to identify child labour in all Nestlé Cocoa Plan co-operatives”.
Mr Fenu explained that Nestle was aiming at sourcing 150, 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2017 and source 175, 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2018.
He said Nestle is committed to create shared value with its sources of supply, explaining that it formed part of the company’s social responsibility strategy.
By Linda Asante-Agyei, GNA