Below a number of self-evident Facts & Figures of the “cocoa for a better life” chain:

  • Average cocoa yield of farmers before joining the association was 279 kg/ha (2006/07). Since joining the association, our members have realized a sustainable yield increase of more than 500%, up to a current average of 1570 kg/ha (2011/12). 
  • Gross margins have increased also considerable with about 450% on average, taking extra labour, crop protection products and fertilizer cost into account.

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  • The full 100% of the premium for the certified cocoa is being paid by Ascot to the associations in the country of origin.
  • Abrabopa farmers delivered more than 15.000mt of certified cocoa in 2012/2013 season and almost $4.000.000 has been received in premium this season.
  • All Abrabopa employees have received first-aid training, our aim is to educate all Abrabopa members on basic first-aid assistance.
  • The Abrabopa 4th AGM, September 2012 in Sekundi stadium, was attended by more than 11.000 member farmers at their own initiative and own expenses.
  • Abrabopa has received the UTZ (IP) and Rainforest Alliance certification in 2009. The TechnoServe survey (2011) showed that more than 97% liked the certification program.
  • Construction of own cluster centers (warehouse, training facility and input shop) has started.
  • Cocoa Lela has already incorporated 2500 famers since her foundation in 2011.

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  • Each farmer is electronically registered in our IT-system and can be identified by a thumb scan when delivering cocoa. The calibrated weighing scales in each warehouse are linked to this system and process the weight and secure the traceability of the cocoa.
  • A software database system that can handle up to 100.000 farmers is installed.
  • Implementation of GPS mapping and production of farm plans; 16.000 farms have been mapped so far.
  • Over 150.000 shade trees have been distributed among our members in the last three years.
  • The farmer receives a tailor-made input package from the service provider. The inputs are provided on credit and need to be repaid without interest after the harvest.
  • Abrabopa successfully established a private pension scheme in Ghana.
  • The associations set clear environmental goals that are registered in the conservation action plan.
  • Permissible work is clearly indicated in the Child Labour Activity Framework and  communicated during training and is consistently being observed.
  • A survey of TechnoServe (2011) found that Nnoboa, where group members visit one member’s farm at the time in order to undertake one or several agronomic practices, is done by 85% of the farmer groups (8-12 farmers).
  • 90% of the association’s farmers is attending farm demonstrations and more than 95% attends the business skills and certification training (TechnoServe survey 2011).
  • According to the expectations of the farmers: the association has implemented a pension scheme and is investigating the possibility of a scholarship program. They will conduct a mobile banking test in 2013 because 98% of the farmers in the survey have requested for such a solution.
  • Ascot is a member of the FCC and CMAA, apart from that we also have a CMC and CCC license and we are allowed to trade UTZ (IP), Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade cocoa beans and products.
  • Ascot Amsterdam BV is owned by Comma Trading and the Associated West-African Cocoa Producers. The producers (CAA and Lela) are major shareholders with 44%.
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