Cocoa is the chief agricultural export of Ghana and Ghana's main cash crop.
Ghana is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world, after Ivory Coast. Ghana's cocoa cultivation, however, is noted within the developing world to be one of the most modelled commodities and valuables.
Cocoa production occurs in the country's forested areas: Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central Region, Eastern Region, Western Region, and Volta, where rainfall is 1,000–1,500 millimeters per year. The crop year begins in October, when purchases of the main crop begin, with a smaller mid-crop cycle beginning in July.
All cocoa, except that which is smuggled out of the country, is sold at fixed prices to the Cocoa Marketing Board. Although most cocoa production is carried out by peasant farmers on plots of less than three hectares, a small number of farmers appear to dominate the trade. Some studies show that about one-fourth of all cocoa farmers receive just over half of total cocoa income.
Read on for more information on the Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective's team members in Ghana, Leticia A. Yankey and Nana Aduna II (known in private life as Dr. Yao Mfodwo) of Ohene Cocoa.
Meet The Team
Excerpt from the film, Cacao Road featuring Leticia Yankey