For 20 years we've been supporting and championing women farmers here at Divine Chocolate.
Women contribute a significant amount of the labour on a cocoa farm, including much of the work related to fermentation and drying of beans – the key stages that ensure product quality.
- Equal training for women in cocoa farming practices helps women improve farm productivity and cocoa quality
- Advancement of women as recorders (elected buying clerks) provides opportunities to earn additional income
- Women who earned extra household income used that money to keep their children, including girls, in school longer than families in villages where women’s training was not as available
- Making women a priority leads women members of Kuapa to be loyal and encourages women to advocate for other women to join the cooperative. Kuapa is viewed as a positive resource for women.
Kuapa’s Women’s Programs increase training for women in cocoa farming practices to help women improve farm productivity and cocoa quality. The training prioritises the following:
- Facilitating the advancement of women as recorders (elected buying clerks) to provide opportunities to earn additional income
- Ensuring that women’s groups are rolled out across all 58 cocoa farming districts
- Increasing literacy and numeracy training for women to enable them to earn income through other enterprises such as selling vegetables, clothing or baked goods.
We've collated a timeline detailing developments for Kuapa Kokoo women in Ghana as well as development projects in collaborating with Kuapa Kokoo which dates back to 1993 when Kuapa Kokoo was founded - Read our Women's Report here