The Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative Farmers & Marketing Union Limited as part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, collaborated with The Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA) to organize ‘The Green Ghana Lecture Series’.
The series seek to create a platform to celebrate our gallant first generation cocoa farmers and some key personalities, who have contributed immensely to the growth of the cocoa sector, especially, the Kuapa Kooko brand.
The discussion also focuses on the future of the Cocoa Industry in Ghana and the role of the youth in a Ghana Beyond Aid as well as the prospects of leveraging on ICT to attract and empower the youth in Agriculture for economic liberation.
The panel includes Nana Adusei Atwenewa I; Tepamanhene, Mr. Gershon Sena Kpikpitse; a Cocoa Farmer, Madam Fatima Ali; President of KKFU, Flt. Lft. (Rtd) Joseph Bampo Atiemo, Dr. Kweku Ofosu-Asare; Lecturer/Researcher at GIMPA, Mr. Anthony Fofie; former CEO of COCOBOD, Mr. Ameir Mbode; International Trade Consultant, and Mr. John Kumah; CEO of National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP).
The event also recognizes and award outstanding personalities whose leadership and governance in the cocoa sector has ensured growth of the commodity.
Among the personalities awarded were: H.E. Jerry John Rawlings, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Hon. Frema Osei-Opare, Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong, Pauline Tiffen, Flt. Lft. (Rtd) Joseph Bampo Atiemo and Nana Abebrese II.
The Country Director for Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA), Chief Nathaniel Ebo Nsarko, said “This is a very historic event and we are delighted to assemble some of the best brains in the cocoa sector to discuss how best Ghana could derive maximum benefit from cocoa. This laudable initiative has come to stay.”
Prior to the lecture, there was a final debate contest between four tertiary institutions – University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba (Kumasi Campus), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. KNUST at the end of the contest emerge as the winner of the debate and UCC as the 1st runner up
The President of Kuapa Kokoo, Madam Fatima Ali, also commenting on the event said “We are hopeful that this lecture series will be the stepping stone to revolutionizing Ghana’s cocoa sector. We believe that after this event, this will never be the same”.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah.