Unless something is done urgently to salvage cocoa production, the sector?s contribution to the economy will continue to dwindle. ?
Unless something is done urgently to salvage cocoa production, the sector?s contribution to the economy will continue to dwindle. ?

Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) has announce its new partnership with Netherlands based product certification firm UTZ,
to help increase reportage on cocoa related issues in the Ghanaian media.

UTZ runs the largest certification program in the world for sustainable farming of coffee and cocoa, whereas GARDJA is an association of journalists and communicators, working to prioritise issues of agric,
environment and rural development in the media.

Cocoa is Ghana’s key agricultural crop which helps the country to generate about $1.5 billion in foreign exchange annually and employs about 2 million people including more than 720,000 cocoa farm owners.

In this regard, GARDJA’s executives and UTZ officials on Thursday 7th December, 2017, finalized a project deal worth thousands of Euros that will see to provide support to Journalists to help prioritise cocoa industry issues within the media space.

According to a statement from GARDJA and copied to Newsghana.com.gh on Wednesday January 3rd, 2018, sustainability of the sector is being impacted negatively by climate change, child labour, ageing farmers, poverty in cocoa growing communities among others which need to be tackled.

Such issues deserve much more attention than they are getting now and it is about time that the voices of farmers are heard more loudly on them. That is exactly what this partnership seeks to do.

Read The Original Statement Below

PRESS STATEMENT

GARDJA COLLABORATES WITH UTZ TO INCREASE MEDIA REPORTAGE ON
COCOA INDUSTRY

It is our pleasure at the Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association
(GARDJA) to announce a new partnership with Netherlands based product certification firm UTZ,
to help increase reportage on cocoa related issues in the Ghanaian media.
UTZ runs the largest certification program in the world for sustainable farming of coffee and cocoa.

GARDJA is an association of journalists and communicators working to prioritise issues of agric,
environment and rural development in the media. On Thursday 7th December, 2017, GARDJA executives and UTZ officials finalized a project deal worth thousands of Euros that will see the
latter provide support to us to help prioritise cocoa industry issues within the media space.

Cocoa is Ghana’s key agricultural crop. It helps the country generate roughly $1.5 billion in foreign exchange annually and employs about 2 million people including more than 720,000 cocoa farm owners. Sustainability of the sector is being impacted negatively by climate change, child labour,
ageing farmers, poverty in cocoa growing communities among others which need to be tackled.

Such issues deserve much more attention than they are getting now and it is about time that the voices of farmers are heard more loudly on them. That is exactly what this partnership seeks to do.

UTZ will provide resources to help build the capacity of over 200 Ghanaian journalists on cocoa sustainability and other key issues in the sector. UTZ will also providing necessary funding for
journalists who are members of the association to investigate and produce more in-depth stories
about the sector.

As issues of cocoa sustainability become more topical, we hope this will encourage the formulation of policies in favour of a more sustainable cocoa value chain. The project will also see the organisation of Cocoa Dialogue Series during which the media will have the opportunity to quiz sector officials on various policies being implemented to ensure a sustainable cocoa value chain.

It is our hope this project will help transform the cocoa sector for the better over the next one year and
make Ghana a better place.

Signed

Richmond Frimpong
President (GARDJA)

Joseph Opoku Gakpo
Deputy General Secretary (GARDJA)

By:Newsgha.com.gh

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