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Kuapa Kokoo: Producer perspectives on cooperative development in Ghana
Ever wonder...
What is the experience of global trade and development from the perspective of small growers and practitioners?
What are some particular strengths and challenges of worker-owned cooperatives organized to participate in fair trade and other markets?
Northwestern University's
Center for Global Engagement 
Kuapa Kokoo: Producer perspectives on cooperative development in Ghana
Global Development Series Lecture

In order to combat the threat of farmers being marginalized by the liberalization of the cocoa market in 1993, a group of cocoa farmers came together to form a cooperative that would collect and sell its own cocoa for the member farmers' own benefit.  Supported by foreign NGOs they set up their own company to buy their cocoa and sell it on to the Government Cocoa Buying Board. The cocoa farmers' organization was founded and named "Kuapa Kokoo" which in the local language, Twi, means "good cocoa farmers company." 

As a worker-owned cooperative, the organization is for farmers and set up by them with the mission to affect: increased power and representation within the market for the farmers; social, economic and political empowerment; enhanced women's participation in all its affairs; and environmentally sustainable production processes. Afriye Boateng and Christiana Adusei, two representatives of Kuapa Kokoo with many years of experience in cocoa farming and cooperative administration will be visiting Chicago as a part of a cocoa producers tour organized by Divine Chocolate, Oikocredit and Oxfam America.

Co-sponsored by Afrilogue.  This event is free and open to the public.
Location : PAS Conference Rm 620 Library Place Evanston, IL
About the event location: This event takes place in the Program of African Studies building at Northwestern University in Evanston, which also houses the Center for Global Engagement. The building is on Library Place between Sheridan Rd



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