Sustainable Sweets: A Conversation with Fair Trade Cocoa Farmers & Oikocredit

Join Divine Chocolate, the Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA), the International Public Service Association (IPSA), and Oikocredit USA in a presentation and discussion with members of the Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Cooperative.

Ghana is the world's second largest producer of cocoa after Ivory Coast and cocoa is its largest agricultural export. Kuapa Kokoo is a cocoa farmers' cooperative founded in 1993 and now represents over 65,000 cocoa farmer households. It is the major fair trade farmers cooperative in cocoa and in 1998, Kuapa Kokoo, in partnership with other organizations, formed its own marketing organization, Divine Chocolate, which markets fair trade chocolate products worldwide. Established first in the UK, its subsidiary Divine Chocolate-USA was established in 2007, and the cooperative owns nearly half of the company . Since its founding, Kuapa Kokoo has enforced gender quotas for representation at all levels of governance.

Come and hear directly from two cocoa farmers and leading members of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative. Additionally, someone from Oikocredit USA, a worldwide financial cooperative, will speak about its partnership with Kuapa Kokoo, which enables sustainable agriculture and income generation through microcredit.

Divine Chocolate and wine will be served.