Health and nutrition programmes

Location: Ecuador

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012

Health and nutrition programmes
New varieties:Agronomists at our Experimental Farm in Ecuador examine cocoa plants sent over from our R&D centre in Tours, France.

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.

Programme description

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

Next Steps

Nestlé Ecuador continues to organise similar events in other cocoa-growing communities.