Twin worked with Divine and Kuapa Kokoo to create a ‘development blueprint’ to meet the unique challenges faced by Kuapa Kokoo and other cocoa farmers, secure the supply of key ingredients for Divine, and enable more cocoa producers to benefit from access to international markets.  As Kuapa is one of the world’s largest cocoa producer organisations with approximately 85,000 members, the programme aims at strengthening the organisation overall with a focus on good governance, including inclusive democratic processes and equal representation of women. 

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

  • Governance: education and awareness campaigns for members on cooperative values, democratic principles and Fairtrade standards, including a weekly radio programme reaching 15,500 farmers; training for newly elected representatives of the national, district and society executive councils; and assisting with recruitment and mentoring of senior managers.

  • Gender programme: partnership with the Ghanaian Government to design and pilot an adult literacy programme targeted at women members; training on business, agricultural and leadership skills; promoting meaningful representation of women at all management levels; growing female membership; and gender assessments conducted to better understand the role of women in cocoa production

  • Business Management: designing a new database to maintain information about Kuapa’s membership and the movement of cocoa from village-level societies to district depots; development of business plans and key operational manuals and data management systems, including finance, HR and accounting policies

  • Model farms: demonstration plots where lead farmers are trialling production models to demonstrate impact on tree health, labour, input costs, yields and income. 

  • Labour rights: undertaking a comprehensive study to understand the use of wage workers and rolling out a tenant farmer contract system to ensure tenant farmers meet the same standards as landowners.

Reach: 85,000 smallholder farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, plus cocoa farmers in Uganda, and sugar farmers in Malawi