The government of Ghana is planning to process 50 per cent of the cocoa that is produced in the country. It has also set a target of one million-tonne cocoa production for the 2018/2019 crop season.
Ghana is – after Ivory Coast – the second largest producer of cocoa in the world after Ivory Coast. Historically, most of Ghana’s cocoa used to be processed abroad. That changed when cocoa and chocolate enterprise Cargill (already present in Ghana for 40 years) opened a state-of-the-art cocoa processing facility in Tema, Ghana, in 2008. Today the company has around 400 permanent and contracted employees processing cocoa products to service food and confectionary customers locally and around the world.
According to a report by Ghana Business News, Cargill is actively working with farmers to change and improve practices to curb deforestation and also support activities to promote sustainable farming practices and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities. In an effort to source only fully traceable cocoa (not from deforested areas), Cargill launched a fully e-money enabled Licensed Buying Company under the name of Cargill Kokoo Sourcing Company Limited.
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