89 communities to benefit from new cocoa programme

L-R: Ms Suzan-Hermina Yemidi, Country Representative of Solidaridad in Ghana, Hon. Margaret Darko Municipal Chief Executive of Suhum, Mrs.Yaa Peprah

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L-R: Ms Suzan-Hermina Yemidi, Country Representative of Solidaridad in Ghana, Hon. Margaret Darko Municipal Chief Executive of Suhum, Mrs.Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, Country Lead for Mondelez International Cocoa Life Program for Ghana,Mr. Samuel Gyimah Gyemfi,Ea

Some 89 communities in the Eastern Region are to benefit from new cocoa the Mondelez International Cocoa Life Program.

The beneficiary communities are located in the Suhum, New Juaben North and West Akyem Municipal Assemblies as well as in Ayensuano, Fanteakwa and Upper West Akyem District Assemblies.

The objective of the two-year programme is to assist cocoa growing communities to strengthen their capacities to determine and achieve their own long-term goals geared toward driving their own economic development and prosperity.

The farmers will be introduced to multifaceted cocoa life approaches aimed at making them more independent and financially resourceful to best manage their farms.

The Cocoa Life is a sustainability programme of Mondelez International which assists cocoa growing communities to strengthen their capacities to determine and achieve their own long-term goals geared towards driving their own economic development and prosperity.

The Cocoa Life Program was recently launched in the  Eastern Region under the theme, “Cocoa Life: Together we transform our lives.”

Speaking at the launch, the Country Representative of Solidaridad in Ghana, Suzan – Hermina Yemidi, explained Solidaridad will introduce improved production practices to the farmers to increase their productivity and enhance their economic wellbeing.

She said, “in addition to training farmers to improve their productivity, we are always developing different approaches to securing financial support for farmers to improve their economic standard”.

The Country Lead for Mondelez International Cocoa Life Program in Ghana, Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, said her outfit is looking at transforming farming, livelihoods and, communities.She said, “we are going to build on gains by Cocoa Life since 2012 to transform farming, communities, create and grow opportunities for the youth, ensure the protection of children’s rights, enhance women’s empowerment and protect our environment.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Suhum, Hon. Margaret Darko pledged her assembly’s commitment to collaborate with Solidaridad for the success of the project for the economic development of their residents.

Margaret Darko, Municipal Chief Executive of Suhum

She said, “Agriculture is the main economic activity of the municipal employing about 50% of the population in either full-time or part-time.”

“I believe it will help our farmers more especially our cocoa farmers to increase their yields which will go a long way to affect their economic lives,” she added.

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