Women in Cocoa
Women farmers face many challenges in cocoa. We hear from Leticia Yankey, a cocoa… Read More
Leticia Ama-Kowoa Yankey, born on 22nd April 1974 is a cocoa farmer in Ghana. She is a strong advocate of empowering local women in cocoa supply chain. She became interested in cocoa farming during her national service where her work was to sensitize and educate farmers on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in the Upper Denkyira District in the Central Region. Her benevolent service which led to leaving with an HIV/AIDS patient in one of the communities to disabuse the perception and Stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS. For the appreciation of her services the farmer offers her a land to start cocoa farming in 2010. She currently owns a 37-acre cocoa farm. She also owns a 13-acre rubber plantation and also livestock including pig, sheep, goat etc. She is the founder and president of the Women in cocoa cooperative with about 30 women owning cocoa farms. She serves as a voluntary program Manager for a Rural Service Center and also as a PRO for Dunkwa Cocoa Farmers’ Cooperative.
Leticia is married with 4 children. She is a member of the CFI Agroforestry Taskforce and was recently appointed as one of the two females of COCOBOD recently launched trustee board for cocoa farmers pension scheme. She was a panel member of the EU cocoa talk held in Ghana in August 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Cape Coast and was recently awarded an Executive master’s in public administration from KNUST.