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 January 1, 2017

Written By: Priscilla Sogah

Twelve years ago, a farmer named Hayford Otoo, noticed that more and more children from the village of Kokoado, Ghana were not in school – and that the rate of uneducated children was rising because the nearest school was three kilometers away. Parents weren’t allowing their children to walk such a long distance on their own and were often keeping them home until they reached age 10.

“What does the future hold for unschooled children?” He asked “Without education, it’s difficult for anyone to survive in an economy like ours.” Otoo said.

Posted January 1, 2017

Written By: Priscilla Sogah

Hayford Otoo, 52, became a cocoa farmer in Ghana at a time when agriculture contributed to about 60% of Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Otoo jumped onto the cocoa bandwagon, linking his future to the premier cash crop. However, due to his limited knowledge in the best farming practices, Hayford relied on the support of neighbors to nurture his young cocoa farm.

Posted October 10, 2016

Written By: Priscilla Sogah

For most farmers in rural Ghana, paying the school fees for five children is a rare privilege. However for smallholder farmers from communities that are supported by CARE and Cargill now take pride in their ability to provide an education for their children. And, they are excited about their improved livelihood as a result of increased income.

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 August 8, 2016

Written By: Priscilla Sogah

From a distance I saw Lydia Obosu and her friends jumping with excitement on the school playground. It was half past 10 in the morning, the usual time for the pupils of the Abehenase Cargill D/A primary school to go on break.

For Lydia and her friends, recess is a welcome break from studying – which in turn is a great improvement over their earlier days, when Lydia and other children in her community would work with their parents on their cocoa farms.

Posted June 6, 2016

Written By: Priscilla Sogah


Students in Abuakuwa, a cocoa growing community in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District of Ghana’s Central region, are excited that their school will benefit from a library full of new books on subjects including mathematics, English and science, as well as a variety of story and even reference books.

It was an inspiring sight to see the pupils of the Abuakuwa Catholic School taking part in a reading session at the newly constructed library and computer laboratory.

Posted April 4, 2016

It was a sunny Thursday afternoon and after a bumpy four hour drive, I was happy to stretch my legs and walk through the Mankranho D/A school compound. Classes were in session and the pupils of primary one caught my attention as they stood in the shade of a tree – their classroom - near the library and recited a list of nutritious foods. Because there were no walls to shield me, the students were distracted by my arrival.

Posted April 4, 2016

The winter has been unseasonably warm and rainy here in the Netherlands. We’re only now feeling the cold snap that was expected a couple of months ago. I ask myself what has the season been like in West Africa? Cargill sources a large portion of its sustainable cocoa from the region and as a company we follow closely the patterns of Harmattan (a dry, dusty wind that affects West Africa each winter) and El Nino, both of which can have consequences on the quality and size of the cocoa crop.

Posted March 3, 2016

The CARE Ghana team was honored to recently host Ken Powell, CEO of General Mills, for a visit into the Ashanti Region of Ghana. During the visit, Mr. Powell met with cocoa farmers who are benefitting from CARE Ghana’s work in cocoa sustainability, which is supported by funders including General Mills and Cargill. The programs are aimed at sustainably improving the livelihoods and wellness of cocoa growers and their families in Ghana as well as Cote d’Ivoire.

Posted March 3, 2016

Each week a dedicated team of CARE staffers around the world tell the stories of individuals and communities in India, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and Malawi who participate in the portfolio of CARE programs that make up the Join My Village platform. They report on how program participants are often making significant changes in their own lives, and we wanted to introduce our Join My Village audience to the people who are gathering those stories.

Posted January 1, 2016

Rebecca Aryoni, a 32 year old mother sits alone in the community center in Barniekrom, a small, farming community of around 1,300 people in the Ahafo Ano South district of Ghana. Her baby daughter is sleeping peacefully in her lap while Rebecca waits for a post-natal checkup. Like many similar communities in rural parts of Ghana, Barniekrom lacks access to basic needs such as potable drinking water and health and educational facilities, meaning many residents must travel to Mankranso, the regional capital, to access healthcare.

Posted December 12, 2015

The wind was cold and drizzly as we traveled through the forest belt of Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region to the village of Mankranho a small cocoa growing community of about 830 inhabitants. Upon arrival, we met with Ibrahim Nabila, a 58 year old cocoa farmer and father of nine.

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 October 10, 2015

Robert Eyiah Donkor is a 56 year old cocoa farmer who lives in Abehenase, a village in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa district in the Central Region of Ghana. A member of the local farmer association that is facilitated by CARE with support from Join My Village, Robert has gained important new farming skills that have increased his crop yield and in turn provided greater opportunities for his family.

Posted September 9, 2015

Thomas Awuah Baffour operates a 14 acre cocoa plantation in the Tano North district of Ghana, where he lives with his wife and six children who are all attending school thanks to the extra income generated by his increased crop yields. Thomas' farm expanded from just two acres a few years ago thanks to successful growing and business practices.

Posted August 8, 2015

Women produce half of the world's food – and up to 80% in some countries – but own less than 2% of the world's land. One of those women is Safia Adams who lives in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Safia, who is 50 years old, has worked for the past four years as a cocoa farmer. However, Safia doesn't own her farm: she's a sharecropper, which means that she works land she doesn't own and must share the yield with the landowner.

Posted July 7, 2015

Meet Fuseina Issah (center), a student in grade six at Nsuta Nyamebekyere junior high school. She's 13 years old and her favorite class is English.

Fuseina's school faces many challenges: Several old classrooms in the school are in disrepair and will need to be replaced. The schools also lack access to clean water so students leave school to gather water three times a day; there is a chart that lets them know when it's their turn.

Posted June 6, 2015

Felicia Tetteh, 27, and Francis Kwame Taylor, 33, are both teachers at Amoakokrom school where they have worked for four and six years respectively. Both teach all subjects to their students who are eight and nine years old, and both Felicia and Francis live in homes at the school. The teacher's homes were built by the community. However, as the student body has expanded 16 teachers are now crowding into just seven rooms.

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.