A New Route for Quality Cacao: Ghana
Ghana in West Africa is a major producer of cocoa beans, the key ingredient in chocolate. Some of the country's 850,000 cocoa farmers make less than a dollar a day, and it can be a struggle to make ends meet. Four years ago, Taguchi Ai from Japan set up a project to raise local incomes. She worked with farmers in the village of Amanfrom to improve the quality of their beans, using their produce to make and sell high-end chocolate in Japan, and returning the profits to the village. Follow Taguchi and the local cocoa farmers as they work to enrich lives through chocolate.
Ghana is the world's second-largest producer of cocoa. Among a population of 31 million, around 4 million people work in connected industries.
One key person in Taguchi's work is Kofi, who interprets and leads the farmers taking part in the project.
The cocoa beans from Amanfrom are made into high-end chocolate and sold to chocolate lovers in Japan.
A chocolate factory was built in the village with money crowdfunded by Taguchi.