As Chocolate Week draws to a close, our final blog of the week is this cocoa photo story. On a recent trip to Ghana, a team from Magnum Ice-cream visited Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa farms and met the farmers who produce the cocoa used in their Magnum Ghana ice creams. Photographer, Fjona Hill accompanied the team to Ghana and took these beautiful images…
Women welcome the Magnum team to their community, Assin Akonfudi, Ghana
Community chiefs and elders from Assin Akonfudi, a cocoa-growing community working with the Rainforest Alliance and Magnum
Henry Amekudzi prepares a meal with his wife. Henry’s cocoa farm is Rainforest Alliance Certified. Working with Rainforest Alliance has doubled his yield and allowed him to send more of his 12 children to school
Cocoa farmers in Assin Akonfudi are producing cocoa that is used in Magnum Ghana ice creams
Cocoa farmers from Assin Akonfudi receive training from Rainforest Alliance. Their premium cocoa supplies Magnum ice cream
Children from Gold Coast Camp school in Assin Akonfudi, Ghana. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms support a healthy environment, promote the well-being of workers and their communities and ensure efficient farm methods. Farm workers benefit from safe working conditions, enjoy dignified housing and medical care, and access to schools for their children.
The lush environment of Assin Akonfudi. Rainforest Alliance certification ensures the protection of ecosystems, including wildlife habitat, water and soil.
Men collect banana leaves for the first stage in the cocoa bean drying process
Cocoa farmers scoop out cocoa beans in Assin Akonfudi, Ghana. The cocoa bean at this stage are covered in a juicy, fruity pulp. They need to be fermented and dried before they are ready for supply
Cocoa beans are turned during the drying process
Cocoa beans are brought to the purchasing station in Assin Akonfudi
The cocoa is inspected, and from each sack, 300 beans are cut to assess the weight and quality thoroughly. The premium quality cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms supplies Magnum ice cream