Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
The Union of Farmers' Organisation from Quininde County (UOCAQ) is a cocoa farmer organisation located in the province of Esmeraldas, in the north-west of Ecuador.
In 2009, UOCAQ began supplying cocoa directly to Nestlé, helping to secure better prices for the farmers by eliminating middlemen from the traditional supply chain, and guaranteeing Nestlé a supply of higher-quality, traceable cocoa.
In addition, Nestlé Ecuador organised a day when UOCAQ members and their families could receive health check-ups and nutritional advice. During the day, around 70 families from the local cocoa-farming community attended the Nutrimovil stand, took advantage of the free health checks and were given dietary advice for both adults and children.
Value to Society
The main objective of the programme is to make rural cocoa communities more aware of potential health risks and provide guidance on how to eat in a balanced way, reducing the negative impact of poor nutrition on the lives of the farmers and their families.
Value to Nestlé
Nestlé Ecuador continues to organise similar events in other cocoa-growing communities.