We promote good governance and meaningful democratic participation to ensure fair representation, transparency and accountability for smallholder members of producer organisations. To do this, we provide leadership skills training for women and farmer leaders, advise on constitution writing, develop democratic systems and processes, and inform and engage farmer members on the cooperative model and the importance of engaging in the democratic process.

Twin's approach to good governance:

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  • Effective leadership skills
  • Democratic systems and processes
  • Accountability and farmer engagement


Case study: Mary's story

Mary Mabel Addy
Head of Research and Development at Kuapa Kokoo
Joined Kuapa in February 1998 and lives in Kumasi in Ghana

I am the Research & Development (R&D) Manager and a gender consultant for Kuapa. I supervise research into Kuapa’s performance and impact and design training programmes for farmers and special programmes for Kuapa’s women members. I first started working with Twin when I was an R&D Officer. Our department worked hand in hand with Twin to design programmes to enhance the participation of farmer members.

I had a chance to work with Twin Project Managers as well as some of the Board Members. We planned together and discussed budgets. I developed a curriculum, designed training materials on cooperative principles and proposed how the training should be done to reach all our [at that time] 45,000 members. I also sensitized the women to take up leadership positions and instil in them the ‘I can do spirit!’

The impact was very great. In 2006, women came out for the first time to compete with men for National Executive council positions and won 60% of seats. The following term a woman also took the President position for the first time. This had positive impact on Kuapa. Kuapa started winning awards locally and abroad on quality and efficiency. Democracy deepened and there was growth in business and membership.

On Kuapa’s constitution, I liaised with Twin consultants to develop training materials and design how the training programme could be rolled out in the various districts where our farmers live. We hope to get all Kuapa farmers to become well versed in their constitution, accept their rights and responsibilities and apply them. This would increase their participation in the farmer’s union activities and make it a force to reckon with.

Personally, I have grown to acquire in-depth knowledge on developmental issues and experiences due to the several educational packages that Twin has been able to bring to Kuapa. I can say that I am versatile; I have grown to become a trainer, an organizer, a researcher, and a role model for most farmers especially the women.