OLAM Ghana Limited, a leading licensed cocoa buying company (LBC), is undertaking a cocoa sustainability project in 52 communities across five cocoa regions in the country.
The regions are Ashanti, BrongAhafo, Eastern, Western and Central.
Under the project, farmers would be provided with training and logistics to improve farm yields without having negative consequences on the environment.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the closing of the national managers conference of OLAM Ghana Limited (OGL) in Kumasi, the LBC head of OGL, Mr Eric AsareBotwe, said the company was determined to adopt measures that would improve its image and that of Ghana’s cocoa industry.
He added that cocoa farmers deserved better and promised that Olam would never deviate from the path it had taken in that respect.
Currently, he said, two major cocoa sustainability projects were underway in forest fringe communities around the Bia forest in the Western Region and the Kakum National Park in the Central Region.
The Bia project, which is being undertaken by Olam International in conjunction with New-York based certifying group, Rainforest Alliance, involves $1 million over a three-year period to support about 3,000 farmers while the Kakum project, driven by Olam Ghana Limited, will support 800 farmers for over two years.