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Female cocoa farmers in Ghana benefit from Divine Chocolate’s literacy programme

By Anthony Myers contact

- Last updated on GMT

Comfort Opoku, from Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative. Pic: Divine Chocolate
Comfort Opoku, from Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative. Pic: Divine Chocolate

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Divine Chocolate’s adult literacy and numeracy programme, which helps cocoa-growing communities in West Africa, has revealed it has so far helped 235 farmers to read and write - 171 of which are women.

The ethical brand, co-owned by farmers, began the programme in 2014 at Ghana's Kuapa Kokoo cooperative (which owns 20% of Divine Chocolate).

Fairtrade said the aim of the project is to increase basic literacy and numeracy skills, particularly among women, to support empowerment and engagement.

The programme has been a huge success and feedback from participants has been positive, with many keen to continue their learning journey, a spokesperson told ConfectioneryNews.

One of the main motivations is to be able to assist children with homework. From a business perspective, the leading motivations include engaging in costing and pricing activities and reading the weighing scale when farmers send their cocoa to the recorder or purchasing clerk​.”

Comfort Opoku, a recipient of the programme from Kuapa Kokoo, said: “Now I can read and write, this has really boosted my confidence, and if I go to sell my cocoa, I am able to read the scale by myself​’.”

The brand has announced the programme will be rolled out over the next 12 months to three more communities in Ghana - Assin Breku, Assin Fosu and Cape Coast.

Divine’s mission is to champion the needs of farmers, improving their lives and those of their families, to create a fair and sustainable world.

  • Divine’s latest impact report is available to read by following this link​.

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