Ghana Cocoa Program
The Ghana Cocoa program is the first cocoa program and second largest in terms of number of participating farmers. Currently there are over 6000 farmers scattered in the cocoa growing landscape in southwest Ghana.
These participating farmers are all members of the Conservation Cocoa Association. The program is managed from the program office in Kumasi headed by the Agriculture Commodities Manager also stationed there. The cocoa office coordinates the work of all the projects and also provides these offices with technical and financial assistance from time to time. There are currently 6 projects been run under the Ghana program. These are the Ankasa, Kakum I & II, New Edubiase, Bia and Wassa Akropong Projects.
The Ankasa Project.
The Ankasa project has been operational for the past 3 years and covers farmers in the Jomoro and Ellembele Districts in the Western Region of Ghana. The Ankasa Conservation Area is known to have patches of intact wet evergreen forests rich in biodiversity. There are currently 1500 participating farmers from 18 communities fringing the Ankasa National Park close to the Ghana- Cote d’Ivoire border. Farmers have been registered and are full members of the Conservation Cocoa Association with a recognized Executive Council.
Two field offices have been established at Kanokware and Amokwawzuazo to serve the sparsely distributed communities in the project. The Kanokware area office has 7 communities. The remaining 11 communities are managed from the Amokwawzuazo office..
Kakum I (Assin Fosu)
The Assin Foso project is one of CA’s oldest cocoa projects dating as far back as 2005. These farmers were first engaged to assist them manage conflicts between humans and elephants. There are currently 2500 farmers registered, trained and UTZ certified (Second time). There is a Field Office located at Assin Foso with 2 field staff stationed there. Farmers were introduced to RA Certification systems about 2 years ago and are currently preparing to adopt RA Certification standards. Farmers have been registered and are full members of the Conservation Cocoa Association with a recognized Executive Council
Kakum II (Twifo Hemang)
The Kakum II project was conceived after the creation of the Kakum National Park in 1997 to secure the boundaries of the forest reserve and also ensure that agriculture around the boundaries is sustainable. The project has grown from a farmer numerical strength of 200 farmers in 2000 to 1500 currently. Farmers are registered, full members of the Conservation Cocoa Association with a recognized Executive Council. The project/field office is at Twifo Hemang with two field officers stationed there. These farmers have been trained in good agriculture practices, certification (Rainforest Alliance) and are certified (Year II) after adopting the RA Certification standards for cocoa. A common traceability system has been established in collaboration OLAM Ghana to market RA Beans produced by these farmers internationally.
This project is about 2 years old and over 3000 farmers out of which 1500 are registered and full members of CCA residing in 30 communities fringing patches of intact forest in the Adansi South District in the Ashanti Region. Farmers have been trained in good agricultural practices, RA Certification systems and the SAN standard. The IMS team/ Field officers are stationed at New Edubiase where the field office also is. Farmer association has elected leadership as well as community representatives
Ghana Cocoa Project
Bia Conservation Area Project
The Bia Conservation Area is just over a year old with 1000 registered farmers. This project commenced as a result of an intervention by IFC through its BACP program to assist the farmers in the conservation area adopt sustainable best management practices for cocoa production. Currently there are 17 participating communities, some fringing the Bia National Park whilst others serves as a link to other forest reserves including Bia North and Krokosue Hills Forest Reserve. The project has a field office at Essam with a field staff stationed there. Farmers have been trained in good agricultural practices, biodiversity conservation and the SAN standard.