Magazine article New Internationalist

We, the Kuapa People

Magazine article New Internationalist

We, the Kuapa People

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explain to David Ransom why it's not just their chocolate that is 'the best of the best'.

UNTIL three years ago Georgina worked for another cocoa company. 'I don't like to mention its name,' she says. 'But I realized the terms weren't good for me because they just buy cocoa from the farmers. There's nothing else. We worked for them just for commission. When I heard of Kuapa I decided to join, and it's been really good for me.'

Georgina is a Recorder for the Kuapa Kokoo society in the village of Dominase, Dunkwa-Offin area, central Ghana. Her job is to develop the best-quality cocoa. She's one of seven society officers elected every four years.

'If a farmer likes me he can vote for me again to act as a Recorder,' she says. 'If he doesn't, he has to overthrow me and find somebody else. One person cannot say: "I am a Recorder and I have to do it for good." No. Everybody must be satisfied; women farmers and men farmers. When I was elected I won against a man. We understand the democratic rule in our company.'

Elizabeth Adjei, a farmer herself, from the Bawa Krom village society in the Dadieso area, western Ghana, agrees: 'We co-operate together and the other companies can't compete with us. …

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