Cocoa

Posted July 7, 2017

Written by: Priscilla Sogah

Financial freedom is undoubtedly the pursuit of most people, and CARE, through its Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), is helping rural farmers like Joseph and Vida gain it.

Joseph and Vida, a couple living in Odikro Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, have been married for 20 years. During that time, Joseph has supported the family by looking after another farmer’s cocoa farm (serving as the caretaker farmer) to make a living.

Posted June 6, 2017

Written By: Priscilla Sogah

Kouadio Akissi, a single mother of seven children and a proud female farmer, lives in a small community in the western part of Cote d’Ivoire named Aki Kouamekro.

Kouadio began farming after her father’s death in 1995, a time in which she was already struggling to meet the needs of two children. According to Kouadio, farming was the only means for her family’s survival at the time, and so, with very little knowledge or technical skills, she did her best to continue her father’s legacy.

Posted September 9, 2016

Written By: Priscilla Sogah

It has been a scorching season of little rain and dry farms. The usually green leaves have turned brown and the once lush cocoa trees are pale looking without their pods. For a moment, I thought I was standing in a farm affected by fire.

Posted May 5, 2016

We’re pleased to share that CARE has received additional funding from General Mills to expand CARE programs in Cote D’Ivoire (CDI).  This new contribution complements programs already supported by General Mills in neighboring Ghana, both focused on strengthening and supporting cocoa farming communities.  Such investments in CARE are part of General Mills’ public commitment to sustainably source 100% of the cocoa used in its products by 2020.

Posted December 12, 2015

Kweku Acheampong, 46, stands at the center of his 11 acre cocoa plantation after a good harvest. He inherited the farm from his parents who passed away a decade ago and today he watches appreciatively as a team of workers bring cocoa to a central point on the farm.

His gratitude is not just to his hard working team but also for the Cargill-CARE Prosperous Cocoa Farming Communities Project (PROCOCO) which has helped improve cocoa production in 110 communities in Ghana including his - Insuta Nyamebekyere.

Posted May 5, 2015

Adam Yakubu, 37, lives in Eduosia village in Asikuma Odoben Brakwa district in the Central region of Ghana with his wife and two children. Adam, who is both a teacher and a farmer takes part in a farmer's group that is supported by Join My Village.

Posted May 5, 2015

Join My Village is excited to announce that we will now feature stories and updates from 125 cocoa-growing communities in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire -- thanks to continued support from General Mills and the addition of our newest global partner, Cargill!

Over the coming months, look for Join My Village stories from these West African countries which showcase how CARE programs are expanding access to education, training farmers in sustainable agricultural techniques and helping communities improve their overall wellness and livelihoods.