The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership has issued a statement welcoming the recent announcement by COCOBOD in Ghana of a nationwide programme of extension services specifically for cocoa farmers.
Said the statement: “The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership supports the idea of business, governments and non-governmental experts working together, co-ordinating the efforts of all extension officers in Ghana.”
To support the programme, the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership will be funding extension officers in 100 communities where the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership is, and has plans to expand this support further. Extension officers will be working closely with these communities and with partners CARE, VSO and World Vision to help them find ways to improve production on cocoa farms.
James Boateng, Managing Director of Cadbury Ghana, said: “The ambition of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership is to create thriving rural communities, and the extension officers will deliver much needed support to cocoa farmers. We call on others to support this programme and work with COCOBOD to improve extension services in Ghana.”
Tony Fofie, COCOBOD, said: “Cadbury is a vital trade partner and we are delighted that Cadbury is supplementing the extension programme by recruiting extension officers. Additional extension officers will help widen the programme to more communities and bring increased benefits to farmers.”
Farmer extension services such as training and improving access to fertilisers and seedlings are critical to helping cocoa growing communities improve yields and livelihoods.
The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership will be funding 17 extension officers to support COCOBOD’s programme.