ADM Cocoa to Support Community Development In Côte D'ivoire

15 Jan 2013 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will be taking a holistic approach when creating community development programmes that aim to strengthen rural, cocoa-farming communities in Côte d'Ivoire. Resources will be concentrated on three communities in order to obtain maximum impact.

--- This will help these communities support and drive social change via programmes focusing on the promotion of gender equality, women’s education and empowerment, vocational training for young adults, and education regarding balanced daily nutrition, while allowing for a sustainable future for cocoa.
 
Michiel Hendriksz, director of sustainability, ADM Cocoa, witnessed the complex issues surrounding gender at a rural elementary school in Côte d'Ivoire, where there was an imbalance in attendance, one in which boys significantly outnumbered their female counterparts. He also observed that with each increased grade level, the gender divide deepened.
 
“It is crucial for the acceleration of economic growth and the reduction of poverty that women and men have equal rights and opportunities,” said Hendriksz. “Women play and will continue to play key roles in establishing and sustaining environments in these rural communities, but they need and deserve our support.”
“WCF has a strong commitment to working with cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. We are especially excited that this new partnership with ADM includes outreach to women, who often form the economic backbone of cocoa-growing communities, and to youth, who will inherit their parents’ farms,” said Bill Guyton, president of the World Cocoa Foundation.
Funding for the start-up of the community development programmes is currently at $70,000 with ADM and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) as primary benefactors. ADM is also looking to partner with other companies involved in the sector.
 
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 420 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. 

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Many of the world’s largest and best-known food manufacturers rely on ADM for hundreds of essential food ingredients.  Our high-quality ingredients from agriculture are in many of the products consumers use and enjoy every day, from grains and meats to salad oils, yogurt and chocolate. 

Baking & Cereals
ADM supplies the baking industry with over 400 staple baking ingredients. Our product offerings also include a full line of cocoa powders, and chocolate and compound products in a variety of forms to meet a wide range of customer applications.

Beverages
ADM is a world leader in corn sweeteners, dextrose, crystalline fructose, maltodextrin, cocoa powders, citric and lactic acids, but we also offer nutritional ingredients such as natural-source vitamin E, soy protein, including organic, and even flavorless, textureless and colorless fiber.

Candy & Confectionery
ADM is the world’s premier producer of cocoa, cocoa butter and chocolate, including the Ambrosia®, deZaan™ and Merckens® brands. We also supply lecithin and other emulsifiers, food acids, corn sweeteners, starches and maltodextrins.

Dairy
Consumers love the wholesomeness of dairy foods, and new ones are appearing every day – like flavored milks in convenience packaging, or the new yogurts that you can both drink and pour. ADM has a stable of ingredients that can help make your dairy products taste great, while maintaining their freshness and stability.

Meat Products
ADM offers the most complete range of soy proteins for processed meat applications including cold cuts, hot dogs and sausages. ADM ingredients also enhance whole muscle meat products while improving taste, juiciness and moisture retention, for maximum cost effectiveness and value.

Other Processed Foods
ADM capabilities help frozen foods stay fresher longer, keep the beans in soup unbroken, and ensure that the oil and water in salad dressings stays emulsified.

Snack Foods
Consumers today want snacks in more varieties and with more healthful qualities. ADM can help you compete in this fast-changing marketplace with all the essential ingredients you need, plus an ever-growing line of functional and nutritional ingredients.

 

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