Kuapa Kokoo Chocolate Production System

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= an example of value creation with Generative Justice, as described by Ron Eglash.


Ron Eglash:

"At first it might seem that the Adinkra production system, while admirable for its sus-tainability, is at best an artifact of the past. But the system took a remarkable turn in 1993 when a traditional animist priest, Nana Frimpong Abebrese, decided to organize cocoa farmers under similar principles: a collective in which the common pool of resources would benefit the whole. Kuapa Kokoo Ltd (the name means “good cocoa farmer”) obtained a loan from Twin Trading, a UK fair trade company, and set up 22 villages with weighing scales, tarpaulins, gratings and other basics. Their mission is to empower low-income farmers, in-crease women's participation, and to develop environmentally friendly cultivation. In 1998, with the help of Twin and other NGOs, Kuapa Kokoo launched UK-based chocolate com-pany Divine, with the funtunfunefu and asase symbols proudly displayed on the front wrapper. Today Kuapa Kokoo has 65,000 members organized in about 1400 villages. Profits from their 45% ownership in Divine chocolate are reinvested in village projects for water, health, and education, as well as preventing child labor and adapting to climate change. When it comes to low-income African farmers becoming owners of a multimillion dollar chocolate empire, it’s hard to argue against generative justice." (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/304670572_Of_Marx_and_Makers_an_Historical_Perspective_on_Generative_Justice)