Since 2009, Meiji have been partnering with Source Trust in order to directly invest in the communities in which they source traceable cocoa beans from.
Since its foundation in 1916, Meiji has focussed on using the best quality ingredients. In order to secure a stable supply of superior cocoa beans, it is necessary for Meiji to support cocoa farmer livelihoods, which is also a requirement of Meiji’s stakeholders in terms of corporate social responsibility.
Meiji’s long term commitment to invest in their supply chain allows farmers to plan for the future. Our current project focuses on improving quality and yield through the safe and appropriate use of agro-chemicals, and performance of other Good Agricultural Practices such as pruning and weeding.
What we’ve achieved so far:
- Improved pass rates for cocoa beans tested for chemical residues, as a result of training and coaching in Good Agricultural Practices.
- Village Resource Centre installed giving farmers and others in the community, especially children access to information technology and education
- Seedling nurseries implemented to increase the capacity of farmers to re-plant their farms with good quality trees
- Boreholes installed improving access to clean water for the whole farming community
- Mosquito nets distributed to the farming community to give protection against malaria