Two women from Kuapa Cocoa Cooperative honored
His Excellency Ambassador Ohene Agyekum praised the untiring efforts of Ghana’s hardworking cocoa farmers and government interventions as well as the collaborative efforts of all in the industry that resulted in the attainment of over one million tonnes cocoa output by the country.
This was in a speech read on his behalf by Mrs. Vanessa Mensah-Adu, Information Attaché at a ceremony held at the Embassy on November 21, 2011 to honor two women cocoa farmers from the Kuapa Cocoa Cooperative. The ceremony which was organized by the Divine Chocolate, USA dubbed “Open house chocolate tasting” was part of a one week tour of the US in recognition of their efforts.
Divine Chocolate is a pioneering Fair Trade Chocolate Company owned partly by farmers of Kuapa Cocoa in Ghana, and established in 1998. The farmers of Kuapa Cocoa, a Farmer’s Cooperative of 45,000 members supply cocoa to Divine Chocolate Company. They get paid a Fair Trade price for their beans and receive a social premium that the Cooperative invests in schools, clean drinking Water, Medical Clinics and Women’s entrepreneurship projects such as batik and soap making. They also get a share of the profits, a say in the company and a voice in the global market place.
The two honored farmers are; Miss. Fatima Ali, National Secretary and Miss. Felicia Mensah District President.