Improving living and working conditions
Understanding the needs of our farmers is at the heart of what our team does every day. These needs come from our partners
who we rely on to make sure our activities are relevant and legitimate.
SETTING UP A POULTRY FARM IN THE IVORY COAST
By Stéphane Sabourin, Sourcer
The Valrhona Foundation has financed the development of a poultry farm in Pona Ouinlo, Ivory Coast. This entrepreneurial project consisted of building a barn, providing the necessary equipment, and training and supporting the 30 women that make up the association running the farm. The creation of 30 jobs contributes to the empowerment of women and income diversification through the sale of eggs and broilers. The farm also contributes to the community’s food sovereignty, and the droppings are used as natural fertilizers in cocoa plantations.
PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING NEEDS, MADAGASCAR
By Nans Mouret, Sourcer
Since 2016, Valrhona has supported the sustainability program of Millot, one of our exclusive partners in Madagascar. This support takes the form of bonuses granted to 1,179 farmers and Millot employees based on three major areas: Quality, Traceability and Sustainability. In an effort to continuously improve this program, in 2021, Valrhona and Millot decided to more precisely characterize the needs of farmers and employees. Two questionnaires on the topics of Health/Water and Education were sent to 133 farmers/employees, reaching a representative sample of 11% and a balanced geographical distribution. The results are currently being analyzed and reveal levels of satisfaction that will help us to identify avenues for improvement, such as:
- 52% of families consulted confirm that they have easy access to healthcare
- 48% of families consulted say that their children have access to good quality education