The first training in the village of Pante Kera at the end of July was by all accounts a rousing success. We now have 24 beneficiary farmers—all women. Also participating were community members (some who were actually men) who were not cocoa farmers but who wanted to learn more about best agriculture practices, “green” farming, organic composting, and pest control for their own benefit.
Women cocoa farmers and community members receiveinformation about the week's activities, plus are given an overview of the entire project and how the rest of the trainings will build upon previous ones, eventually discussing farmer/production plant relationships, the value chain, marketing, and expanding/formalizing the association.
Farmers took much of the pre-test in the demo field, reading and answeromg questions related to cocoa production. The questions were multiple choice and farmers put a cocoa bean in the corresponding "answer cup."
The trainer helps a participant understand how to use/fill out one of the course documents
Pruning practice--cocoa farming is traditionall a man's job due to the labor involved--having the right tools are essential to good production.