Cocoa grower Rose Boatemaa Mensah. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
Buying fair trade chocolate helps empower women to be
equal with men, a West African cocoa farmer told Dunedin school
Rose Boatemaa Mensah (30), from Brong Ahafo, Ghana, is
spending 12 days in New Zealand on a visit organised by
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand.
Speaking to pupils at Dunedin North Intermediate School, Mrs
Mensah said earnings from cocoa helped fund a mobile health
clinic for her community. This was made possible by the
premium earned by the fair trade system, she emphasised.
Over time, it was hoped the community could build a permanent
She and her husband were part of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers
Union, a free trade certified organisation with 85,000
members. Run on democratic lines, the organisation encouraged
women to be equal with men in participation, she said.
''With fair trade, I have a future,'' Mrs Mensah said.
Funds from fair trade goods also paid for education and clean
Pupils from Purakaunui School and North East Valley Normal
School also attended the talk.