Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited and Barry Callebaut Ghana, subsidiaries of Barry Callebaut Group – a global leader in the chocolate industry, has joined the COVID-19 fight by donating handwashing kits to Cocobod for distribution to cocoa farming communities.
The items – valued at US$2,500 – include 300 Veronica buckets, liquid soap and 300 pieces of tissue paper are to ensure safety of cocoa farmers against COVID-19.
Presenting the items, Charity Sackitey, Managing Director of Barry Callebaut, said the company contributes to the health, well-being and safety of its farmers and families, who are very important partners of Barry Callebaut.
“The handwashing is a basic preventive measure against spread of COVID-19, and we believe that by this donation, and in collaboration with Cocobod, we are able to support the wellbeing and safety of cocoa farmers and their families, who are very important partners of Barry Callebaut,” Mrs. Sackitey said.
“In Barry Callbaut, we have a saying that ‘no cocoa, no chocolate’; without cocoa farmers, we would not have chocolate production. This tells us how important the cocoa farmer and cocoa communities are for the value chain in which we operate. So, we are very much in touch with cocoa farmers and the cocoa communities as well,” she added.
Receiving the items, Chief Executive of Cocobod Joseph Boahene Aidoo expressed gratitude to Barry Callebaut and Nyonkopa, saying the donation is of essence because its shows solidarity for the farmers.
He assured that all the items will get down to farmers for their benefit, and urged other corporate entities to do same in support of the farmers and also assisting government in the fight against COVID-19.