My favorite cocoa cooperative, the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union in Ghana, just held its 15th annual general meeting. The AGM is the highest decision making body of the cooperative and many policies for the next year are set during the proceedings.
It is also the time when representatives of the many village societies that make up the cooperative have the opportunity to bring the concerns of their farmer members to the attention of the leadership. The KKFU now has 52,000 individual members living in 1,333 village societies.
KKFU president P.C.K. Buah also used the opportunity of the meeting to expresse the cooperative’s support for Ghana’s goal to raise the country’s cocoa output to 1 million tons by 2010/11. He pledged to use the organizations resources to encourage farmers to adopt better farming techniques. The cooperative will also supply fertilizer at subsidized prices.
The managing director of Divine Chocolate, Sophie Tranchell, also attended the meeting and delivered a check in the amount of £33,602.35, the dividends the company earned for the farmers during the previous year. KKFU owns 45 percent of Divine Chocolate.
One interesting bit of information I gleaned from the article was the fact that KKFU had invested $100,000 for the expansion of Divine Chocolate to the USA, including the opening of an office in Washington.
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