Ghanian Cocoa Farmers Share Their Experiences With Hadlow College Students
BSc (Hons) International Agriculture students, together with BSc (Hons) Horticulture students, at Hadlow College recently enjoyed a unique opportunity to meet two women cocoa farmers from Ghana as part of their degree programmes.
Visiting the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight, Mary Appiah and Esther Mintah Ephraim, accompanied by Charles Mintah (the co-operative’s agronomist) and Charlotte Borger from Divine Chocolate, shared their experiences of farming with the students and received a tour of the College farms. The trip, which was organised by their co-operative Kuapa Kokoo, takes place each year and is designed to help them find out more about the market where their chocolate is sold.
The understanding of different worldwide farming practices is fundamental to the BSc (Hons) International Agriculture programme and, commentating on the visit, Phil Martin – the Programme Leader for the degree – said “There is much to be learned by listening to farmers from around the world, especially in relation to how they are contributing to world food sustainability. This was a great opportunity for the students and I am pleased that the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo were able to come and share their experiences.”
It wasn’t only the students who gained from this trip though – both Mary and Esther were amazed by the College’s farms and the size of the animals in the UK – especially the sheep. Commentating that “nature is wonderful” Mary stated that “it was so interesting to visit Hadlow and have the rare opportunity to share knowledge with farming students from around the world.”