The not-for-profit Cocoa Abrabopa Association (CAA) was officially established in 2008 after being piloted at Bunso Nkwanta in the Western Region of Ghana two years earlier. It is an association of serious cocoa farmers seeking a better life by using the CAA input and guidance package. The concept started as a farmers program with an input package recommended by the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. Nowadays, the associations’ headquarters is located at Dunkwa-on-Offin in the Central Region of Ghana, the heart of the cocoa growing regions.
Cocoa Abrabopa Association works closely with the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), a governmental controlled organization founded in 1947 that controls the output of Cocoa, Coffee and Sheanut.
Cocobod can be divided into 2 sections, namely pre-harvest and post-harvest:
- Pre harvest: The most known division is the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), which was established at Tafo, Ghana in June 1938 as the Central Cocoa Research Station of the Gold Coast. CRIG carries out research into problems relating to the production of cocoa, coffee and sheanut. It also provides information and advice on all matters relating to the production of the crops.
- Post harvest: Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC) and Quality Control Division (QCD) are the 2 main bodies.
CMC’s main responsibility is to sell and export the Ghana cocoa to local factories in Ghana and international licensed buyer’s on a forward basis and at the best price possible. Based on this average selling price, Cocobod determines the purchase price of conventional cocoa for the privately and state-owned Local Buying Companies (LBC’s). The LBC’s, appointed by CAA, buys and collects the certified cocoa from our farmers and stores the cocoa in separated warehouses in order to meet traceability criteria.
In the next stage the LBC transports the cocoa to dedicated warehouses of CMC in Tema and Takoradi where the certified cocoa will be stored. As soon as the cocoa arrives in the port, QCD will take samples of the cocoa and check it on quality. Only after their approval the cocoa can be exported by CMC.
At time of shipment, Ascot gives shipping instructions to exporter CMC. At the same time, CAA will contact CMC to inform them about an upcoming shipment for Ascot. It is only after this double confirmation the certified cocoa can and will be shipped. Ascot Amsterdam pays the conventional price for this cocoa directly to CMC. The full 100% of the premium will be paid directly to Cocoa Abrabopa Association.