Cocoa farming remains a very lucrative venture that is supporting households in alleviating majority of people from poverty. Cocoa offers livelihood for over 700,000 farmers in Ghana with farms occupying 1.2m hectares of the total land area of the country. In Ghana, cocoa farmers are mostly located in remote villages with the challenges of low income and limited social and community infrastructure such as healthcare, education, electricity and roads.
Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union (KKFU), a cooperative union with membership of 100,000 and covering a total population of over 500,000 across 6 out of the 7 cocoa regions in Ghana. KKFU has over the years been providing technical support and implementing social development projects in health, gender empowerment, agri-business and climate change mitigation and adaptation to improve upon the livelihoods of its members.
KKFU has partnered Millennium Promise Alliance to usher in a long-term collaboration to undertake the Kuapa Kokoo Sustainable Development Programme (KKSDP). Under this programme, the two organisations will design practical models that leverage on the SDGs to improve health and promote innovative agricultural concepts to achieve food security and end poverty. One of the main interventions under the KKSDP is the introduction of the TeleAgric Consultation Project (TACP). The TACP involves the setting up of a TeleAgric Consultation Center as an information hub where farmers can call in from their respective farm locations or communities for timely information, advice and agricultural support.
The main objective of the Tele Agric project of the KKSDP is to introduce technology-driven climate-smart agricultural system through the establishment of TeleAgric Consultation to bridge the gap between cocoa farmers and agricultural inputs and technical extension services by providing timely information and advisory support to address the needs of farmers and improve cocoa productivity.