The 2016 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year represents 12 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 11 organizations operating in more than 70 countries that are pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges, from child labour to women’s empowerment to climate change and more.
Kennemer grows, sources, and trades in high quality agriculture produce such as fermented cocoa beans through a contract farming program with smallholder farmers in the Philippines. Kennemer has created an end-to-end contract farming model that provides farmers with high quality planting material and technology, training on farming practices, and access to financing and markets. In just five years of operations, Kennemer has achieved significant scale, establishing a sourcing network of 10,000 Filipino farmers who stand to gain an average income increase of 500 percent. By adopting modern cocoa technology, farmers can experience cocoa yields of four times the national average – increasing incomes of coconut farmers from USD 555 to USD 3300 net of inputs. By 2020, the company aims to integrate 35,000 farmers into its value chain.