Supply Chain: Cocoa

Better cocoa leads to better lives, livelihoods for farmers, communities

ADM is among the world’s leading cocoa processors, and among the world’s premier manufacturers of cocoa and chocolate products. Though we do not grow cocoa, our prominent position in the global agricultural value chain has led us to develop and participate in a variety of programs aimed at improving crop quality, productivity and the lives and livelihoods of growers in western Africa and Indonesia.

The most notable of these initiatives is our Socially and Environmentally Responsible Agricultural Practices program, or SERAP, ADM’s flagship cocoa-sustainability platform. SERAP promotes ethical and responsible social practices, and recognizes and supports the pivotal roles women play in cocoa cultivation and rural development. SERAP also promotes vocational education and helps to fight tropical diseases, such as malaria, through preventative health training, and by creating awareness of the importance of clean drinking water, proper sanitation and good nutrition.

To date, the program has reached 67 cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire and an increasing number of less-formal alliances of independent farmers, including 200 such groups in Nigeria and more than 100 in Indonesia. In all, more than 60,000 farmers have benefited from the program, which has resulted in ADM’s purchase of 40,000 metric tons of certified cocoa produced in accordance with SERAP guidelines.

Moreover, since 2005, SERAP has provided about US$21.5 million in premiums to grower cooperatives to promote sustainable cocoa cultivation and better living standards for cocoa farmers and their communities.


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