Cocoa Abrabopa Association (CAA) has provided and constructed 25 mechanised boreholes in 25 cocoa-growing communities throughout Ghana as part of their Community Development Projects.
In line with this objective, the purpose of the boreholes is to make potable water accessible to inhabitants of the cocoa-growing communities. The project is in line with and complements governments’ efforts on ensuring accessibility to water and sanitation for all in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal 6.
The 25 communities which are benefitting from the project are spread across all the 7 cocoa growing regions: namely the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central, Eastern and Volta Regions; and the North and South parts of Western Region. The targetted population of beneficiary communities is over 40,000 people in total.
Funding for the Community Development Projects is from a portion of the premium that CAA receives for the sales of UTZ and Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa beans sold on the international market.
A total amount of over GH¢845,700 has been spent on construction of the 25 mechanised boreholes, which includes the geophysical survey, drilling, construction of a water reservoirs, stand-pipes and branding of the boreholes.
During a ceremony to launch and commission the mechanised boreholes at one of the beneficiary communities in Aburaso near Mankraso in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, the CAA Council Chairman Mr. Ismail Pomasi stresse the importance of sustainability for the project.
The beneficiaries in the communities have to be committed to the maintenance system that has been set up. Furthermore, Mr. Pomasi encouraged the CAA members within and around the community to continue working with the collaborated licenced buying companies, since the boreholes are funded through the sale of certified cocoa beans to customers on the international market.
The Chief of Aburaso, Nana Owusu Ansah, praised and thanked CAA for this initiative and made an appeal for all cocoa farmers in the community to adhere to good agricultural practices on their cocoa farms and become members of CAA.
He further made an appeal to other farmer-based organisations and institutions to emulate the example set by CAA, and fashion-out policies and projects which seek to improve communities, incomes, yield, productivity and livelihoods of smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ahafo Ano South-East, Honorable Joseph Dapaah, was very happy that this borehole has been provided for by CAA to the Aburaso Community, and said this takes away one of the challenges faced by the community.
The District Chief Executive called upon the chiefs, traditional authorities and community members to take good care of the facilities – and encouraged them to come out with policies that will ensure the project’s maintenance and sustainability.
The CAA Community Development committee will initiate further projects on annual basis and invite local and international organisations to partner with CAA to scale-up the Community Development Projects.