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Does Nestlé support a living income for cocoa farmers?

cocoa farmers

We believe cocoa farmers should earn an income that allows them to maintain a decent and adequate standard of living for them and their families.

We have been paying the Living Income Differential (LID) - a premium on cocoa - since its inception in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. We also support the Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana Cocoa Initiative (CIGCI) to help identify long-term solutions that help cocoa farmers achieve and sustain a living income, and welcome recent developments to find a workable path forward for farmers and commodity users alike.

In addition to the premiums we pay for certified cocoa, we recently launched an income accelerator program to help close the living income gap farmers face over time and improve the livelihoods of cocoa-farming communities. As part of this program, farmers and their families receive cash incentives - paid directly through mobile payment - to foster the adoption of good practices, including regenerative agriculture, that help boost productivity and diversify farmer income.

By testing this approach, we are reaching over 10,000 families in Côte d'Ivoire. And to help us deliver meaningful impact on the ground, we will assess the test phase before extending the program to Ghana in 2024, with the ambition to cover, where relevant, our global cocoa supply chain by 2030.

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