"We propose that a case study be developed about Cargills which highlights the information supply and technical support networks which have been developed to benefit smallholders, consumers and Cargills alike. Special attention will be given to the multiplier impact that Cargills has had on the broader agricultural sector in Sri Lanka. Lessons will be drawn from this country-wide success story for the benefit of private and public sector initiatives in both South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa." (WorldAgInfo Project, Final Report, Project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)www.worldaginfo.org
"The model pioneered by Cargills (Ceylon) Limited in Sri Lanka deserves further study, as it may be one of the more
successful firms in partnering with smallholder farmers, and also trains professionals in the modern food business."
(Supermarkets and beyond, D. Tschirley, Michigan State Uni)
"Another example of a leap-of-faith goal comes from Cargills Ceylon PLC, the biggest producer and retailer of food
in Sri Lanka. Under the leadership of CEO Ranjit Page, Cargills has embarked over the last decade on an innovative
approach to building up the capacity and profitability of the farming community in Sri Lanka."
('Reinventing Management': Chapter 5,Julian Berkinshaw, London Business School.)
"Living Economies", study on Community Food Enterprises, initiated by Wallace Center Winrock International
(funded by Bill & Melinda Gates & W.K. Kellogg Foundations
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"Cargills Food City, a chain of supermarkets in Sri Lanka, improves its competitive context by working closely with farmer
communities that supply fruits, vegetables, spices, and rice to the chain. It typically pays 20% more than the market does, and
importantly, guarantees a minimum, threshold price in order to cushion downward price movements in the market. Process inputs
such as drip irrigation systems and collection centres are provided by Food City. Moreover, it underwrites loans granted by banks,
and facilitates collaborative arrangements a number of NGOs have with the farmers, in setting up cleaning and packaging centres.
Clearly, these CSR efforts benefit rural communities, as much as they help the company to improve its competitive context."
("CSR to SRB", Dr. Uditha Liyanage.) Download the report