A member of the Board of Directors of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Nana Adwoa Dokua has urged women in cocoa farming to look beyond cocoa cultivation as their only source of income.
According to Nana Adwoa Dokua, these women may need the extra income to support themselves especially when they are facing some challenges in the farming sector.
Nana Adwoa Dokua who is also the Ambassador for the Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Network (WINCC) entreated these women farmers to develop skills in other fields including producing various cocoa-based finished products.
She noted the women can produce various products from cocoa sweating including jam and marmalades, drinks, cocoa liquor and potash for soap among others.
Nana Adwoa Dokua was speaking at a Women in Cocoa and Chocolate forum at Dunkwa-On-Offin in the central region jointly organized by Solidaridad West Africa through its Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Network and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).
A total of 300 women cocoa farmers attended the forum organized to commemorate International Women’s Day by the Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Network (WINCC).
The forum was under the theme, “Balance for better for sustainable cocoa production, consumption and livelihoods”.
It provided a platform for women in the cocoa to connect, learn and share lessons that ultimately empower them.