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Cargill awarded for supporting African cocoa farmers

The efforts of food giant, Cargill, to help cocoa farmers in Africa to improve their productivity have been recognised across the globe by the US.

Cargill was awarded the US Chamber Business Civic Leadership Centre (BCLC) 2010 International Community Service award on 30 November at the 11th Annual BCLC Corporate Citizenship Awards dinner in Washington D.C.

The award recognises a business’ positive economic and social development in a country outside the US.

“This is a great example of the way Cargill goes above and beyond the call of duty, wherever it does business, and is one of the keys to its success and sustainability," said U.S. Chamber BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan.

Chairman and CEO Greg Page of Cargill said the company was “honoured” to be chosen for the US Chamber award.

Cargill has committed to a three-year, $5-million project to support sustainable cocoa farming in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

The company is also currently training farmers in better agricultural practices in Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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