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SUSTAINABLE COCOA

10/02/2012

GHANA |

Ghanaian Cocoa Farmer…

Non-harmful fertilisers and pesticides are supplied to farmers to treat their crops and improve crop yields.

Asankrangwa Depot, West Africa, Dried cocoa grown by local farmers is delivered depots where it is weighed, tagged for traceability and loaded onto vehicles for delivery to international shipping ports.

Cocoa pods are collected from trees and cut open so the seeds inside can be dried.

Funding from the premiums charged to chocolate makers goes towards community infrastructure projects such as Village Resource Centres which are assembled in Accra, Ghana.

Cocoa leaves are wrapped in Banana leaves and left on the rainforest floor. This is the fermentation process which takes places before drying and is critical to the quality of the cocoa.

Funding from the premiums charged to chocolate makers goes towards the community infrastructure projects such as boreholes for local communities.

Seeds and pulp are scooped from the Cocoa pods by hand once they are cut open.

Cocoa seeding nursery. Boako Cocoa Station, West Africa.

Weighed and tagged for traceability. Hessian Sacks full of dried cocoa seeds waiting to be transported to international shipping ports.

Cocoa seeding nursery. Boako Cocoa Station, West Africa.

Accountability and traceability are critical to sustainable cocoa production.

Funding from the premiums charged to chocolate makers goes towards the community infrastructure projects such as Malaria prevention.

Funding from the premiums charged to chocolate makers goes towards the community infrastructure projects such as schooling for local children.

Asankrangwa Depot, West Africa, Hessian Sacks full of dried cocoa seeds are tagged and coded for traceability.

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Source: Andy Smith

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