Cocoa

Ghana: GEA, Mondelez International Cocoa Life Support 436 Youth

The Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) and Mondelez International Cocoa Life, a global organisation, yesterday (Monday) launched a project to support 436 youth to venture into businesses in the cocoa sector.

Under the one-year project named “Youth as Farm Service Providers”, the beneficiaries from Upper and West Akyem and Awutu Senya in the Eastern and Central regions would be given funds and technical support.

The beneficiaries – in 44 groups -were selected from cocoa growing communities based on their own interest after studies were conducted under Mondelez International’s global cocoa sustainability programme.

Speaking at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GEA, MrsKosiYankey-Ayeh said the project was in line with the government’s initiative to sustain the entrepreneurship sector with focus on the youth.

She said the government alone could not improve entrepreneurship, thus needed other organizations such Mondelez International to step in and offer support.

Mrs Yankey-Ayeh said it was important to create a well sustainable cocoa sector by grooming the youth and ensuring that they were given the right resources and tools to work.

“The interventions will include technical skills upgrade, entrepreneurship training, and business management training”, she said.

According to Mrs Yankey-Ayeh, although many of the young entrepreneurs understood the technical aspect of their businesses, it was about time they were supported to unleash their entrepreneurial side to improve their businesses.