Kuapa Kokoo has demonstrated a commitment since 1996 to supporting participation and empowerment of women. This had shown a positive impact across the different levels of the organization and within households.
Kuapa Kokoo at 20 is more committed than ever to the gender programme and In 2013 the AGM voted to establish gender sub-committees in all districts to raise awareness about the need for gender equality and the empowerment of women with Kuapa Kokoo members across the District
The programme currently has 43 organized women groups in 13 districts with a total membership of 831
Members are trained in leadership to increase their participation as members and leaders of producer co-op
The programme also Train and support women to develop alternative viable income generating activity and to provide members with leadership experience.
The programme has a small revolving loan fund from which members can access loans to undertake income-generating activities to support their income from cocoa, which is seasonal
On-going projects supporting the KK Gender Programme
This is to improve farmers literacy to enable them read and write simple arithmetic. The lessons are guided to pass on basic management skills to learners. (Funded by PS&D)
Cascaded leadership training to a selected woman member of each society. (Funded by WIEGO)
The Cocoa-Eco Project aims at introducing strategies to support the livelihoods of cocoa producers and increase cocoa productivity, enhance natural resource management by limiting the encroachment of cocoa plantations onto forest lands.
The purpose of this training program was to develop a training of trainers program on crop management topics, lead technical sessions for agricultural extension officers and supervisors from Kuapa Kokoo and provide technical advice on Integrated Crop and pest management.
At the end of training workshop, the knowledge of trainees is expected to be enhanced in the following areas:
There were thirty-eight (38) participants made up of Extension officers and Field Supervisors from Kuapa Kokoo. There were no women participants.
Course Facilitator and Resource Persons
The main course facilitator and resource person was an experienced Participatory Extension Specialist who has been involved in farmer training and farmer field school activities for the past eighteen years. He brought to bear on the participants the necessary tools that would make them become good farmer field school facilitators and managers. Two other resource persons came from IITA to discuss PRD and Data collection issues.
Participants were also taken through lessons on how to prepare and conduct ballot box exercise.
By the end of the session, participants are able to help farmers analyze their current farm situation, select sites for new cocoa establishment and acquire clean improved planting materials for both cocoa and non-cocoa species. They also enhanced their knowledge in the area of how to prepare the field for planting of cocoa and non-cocoa species and also under go plant diversification. The participants demonstrated their understanding on the topics through group work and presentations.
This session dealt with how participants transmitted information between the field and the office. Challenges and improved processes of information flow were discussed. Participants undertook an exercise on how to collect farmer data by electronic means.
We recognize the efforts made by IITA and her resource persons in making the training a success. We also acknowledge the contributions of SNV, Kuapa Kokoo, SAIDC and Base step consult for organizing the workshop. We say thank you to the participants for their support and sense of responsibility exhibited during the training.
When internal marketing of cocoa was liberalized in Ghana, a group of farmers led by Nana Frimpong Abrebrese established Kuapa Kokoo as a farmer’s cooperative in 1993 with assistance from Twin Limited UK . Two years later, the union received its first Fairtrade certification. The cooperative works at improving the social, economic and political wellbeing of its members. Kuapa Kook. .