Ghana introduces advanced organic cocoa production masterclasses

An innovative educational experience in Ghana is being created to offer the opportunity to experience organic cocoa processing, writes Neill Barston.

With the sector facing a number of challenges in the region, the initiative aims to boost the skill base of prospective farmers through a series of practical sessions.

The initiative is part of a collaboration between the Cocoa Masterclass and Three Mountains Cocoa, the pioneering venture has been created as ‘an immersive experience in Ghanaian cocoa cultivation.”

As its organisers explain, it has been developed collaboratively by Cacao Latitudes, and promises participants an unprecedented opportunity to witness Ghanaian organic cocoa production first hand.

With a curriculum designed to integrate classroom sessions with practical training, the course covers a wide range of topics including cacao’s botany, history, global production, forest conservation, plant management, processing techniques, trading logistics, market analysis, and quality evaluation.

Distinguished industry professionals lead the instructional team, boasting a combined century of experience in the cocoa industry across more than 35 countries.

Among them are Sarah M Bharath, Kate Cavallin, Justine Chesnoy, Greg D’Alesandre, Kristy Leissle, Leslie Agyare and representatives from the Ghana Wildlife Society. Participants will have the chance to visit key institutions and sites relevant to cocoa production, including Three Mountains Cocoa , Ghana Cocoa Board, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, the Tema Port, and more.

Additionally, an optional add-on tour along the Ghanaian coast allows attendees to explore the cultural richness of the region. “The Ghana Cocoa Masterclass goes beyond conventional education,” says Leslie Agyare, Founder of Three Mountains Cocoa. “It offers a holistic approach to understanding the complexities of cocoa production while immersing participants in the rich culture and heritage of Ghana.”

The course is scheduled to take place from June 23 to July 1, 2024, with an optional add-on from July 1 to July 4, 2024. Prices start at $5600 for a shared room and $6200 for a single room, with discounts available for local participants.

For more information and registration details, interested parties are encouraged to visit the Cocoa Masterclass website . or contact the organising team directly by email [email protected]

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