– One of the many highlights of Chocovision 2016 was a presentation by Dr. Stephen K. Opuni, chief executive at the Ghana Cocoa Board. Here’s a review of his insight into the country’s latest sustainability efforts
Cocoa farming in Ghana started back in 1879, Opuni explained, when Tetteh Quarshire brought cocoa from Fernando Po (now Equatorial Guinea) to the then GoldCoast (now Ghana). Cocoa exports then grew steadily, from 36.3 tonnes in 1891, to 580,000 tonnes in 1964/65.
However, cocoa production declined over the next two decades, dropping to an all-time low of 158,866 tonnes in 1983/84 – but through various interventions in the cocoa sector, production once again started increasing. By 2010/11, this was back up to over one million tonnes at Ghana’s six cocoa growing areas.
The Ghana Cocoa Board (GCB) funds the annual purchase of cocoa beans, but only on the basis that they have to be sold for 110 percent via fixed contracts.
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