CSR: helping village planters
On 8 December 2015, Earth AND People (the endowment fund of the Cérélia group) and two companies, Palmci and Sifca, signed a fair and sustainable partnership agreement.
The aim? To support the palm oil producers of Côte d’Ivoire to adopt more responsible practices.
Within that framework, Earth AND People has committed to support private palm oil producers in order:
- to help to develop the Ivorian sustainable palm oil industry by improving plantation yields without resorting to deforestation,
- to protect the environment,
to improve living conditions for communities and producers, who rely for part of their livelihood on the oil palm.
Earth AND People has already conducted three industry projects in Côte d'Ivoire:
Earth AND People has initiated five social projects in Côte d'Ivoire:
1 – Public primary school in Néka village
We are involved in the renovation of three classrooms and the building of three extra classrooms at the school, which has 353 pupils aged from 6 to 11 years on average, that is to say from Year 1 to Year 5.
2 – Dispensary in Néka village
We are helping to build a house for a midwife. Néka village and the surrounding camps are home to 3526 children and there were 256 births in the village in 2015.
3 – Library at the Irobo IFU
We are contributing to the setting up of a village library and the training of its staff, in collaboration with the voluntary organisation Des livres pour tous. The project, which will serve some hundred teachers and their 4400 pupils in nursery to primary school, also includes literacy lessons for women and the installation of a seed library for the exchange of local seeds intended to be used in family kitchen gardens.
4 – Agricultural training
In partnership with the INFPA (national institute for professional agricultural training), we award study grants to 16 young volunteers for three-month courses leading to a qualification and two-year diploma courses.
5 – 120 meals at the Irobo IFU school
We fund 120 meals a day for one year at the school canteen at the Irobo IFU in order to increase school attendance among the village children.