Over 13,000 smallholders cocoa farmers have endorsed the ‘Cocoa for a Better Life’ programme geared towards promoting sustainable crop production and ensuring improved socio-economic development of farmers.
The programme is spearheaded by the Cocoa Abrabopa Association Ghana (CAA), in collaboration with three crop supply value chain actors namely; Kumankoma Company Limited (KCL) Kumasi, Commodity Warehouse Limited (CWL), Tema and the Association of Cocoa Trading (ASCOT) Amsterdam.
Mr Eliseus Opoku-Boamah, Executive Secretary, Cocoa Abrabopa Association Ghana, speaking at the programme explained: “We have aligned and reinforced our collaboration and structures to be ready for the future, and I am delighted to see this high degree of commitment towards our membership. With this partnership, we will be in the position to realise more impact with regards to the productivity, income and the communities of our members.”
“We will also make the final step on identity preserved traceability; and further professionalization of our association.”
Merijn Bruinse, Managing Director, ASCOT Amsterdam, said: “Only this reliable and transparent partnership structure in the country will bring sound results and good perspectives with investments that will bring huge impact into the cocoa sector.”
Tim Miles, Managing Director, Kumankoma Company Limited, said: “We need to support the farm management and livelihood of CAA members by providing them with fair and transparent procurement of their quality beans which we are happy to do in a dedicated and well-coordinated manner with the use of modern technology to ensure traceability and electronic banking to reduce risk.”
Source: Footprint to Africa