In 2017, we had the sparkling idea of how to contribute to sustainable growth in rural Ghana. Koa was born from a sophisticated concept, innovative processes and a great deal of passion.
At Koa, we spot the hidden potential to empower people. We discovered that the cocoa fruit has much to offer besides the beans. The fruit lets us increase farmers’ income, create new jobs in rural areas and is a resource for added value for the people and planet.
30% more income
For small-scale farmers
Through training with Koa, more than 1200 cocoa farmers have gained new knowledge and methods to process the previously discarded cocoa pulp. Thanks to the partnership with Koa, the farmers increase their income by 30%. With just three litres sold, parents can buy their child school pens and notebooks for a whole term.
Boosting economic growth
New jobs in rural Ghana
Most of our team are young workers from the surrounding communities who now have a new outlook on life. Additionally, our team consists of internationally experienced experts, making valuable contributions towards sustainable growth in their home country.
40% less food waste
For a responsible use of resources
By processing the cocoa pulp, we make use of a natural resource, previously thrown away. Through solar power, we gently remove the surplus part of the fruit. The beans remain unharmed and proper fermentation of the beans for the chocolate production continues to be guaranteed.
Our processing equipment only runs on solar energy. Learn more about our sustainable technology.
By collaborating with us, small-scale farmers increase their income by 30%.
Our staff receive fair salaries and operate under attractive working conditions.
Our employees are being promoted independently of gender.
Management positions are divided evenly between men and women.
Affordable & clean energy
We only use solar energy when pressing our cocoa fruit juice.
By 2021, all processing steps will be powered by renewable energy.
Decent work & economic growth
We create new jobs in underdeveloped regions.
By investing directly in the local value chain, we encourage economic development.
We boost sustainable growth through technical innovation and training for our employees.
Industry, innovation & infrastructure
We industrialise the post-harvest process of cocoa farming that has remained unchanged for centuries.
By using a combination of cutting edge technologies, we implement micro-industrial processing methods.
We contribute to the development of infrastructure in rural Ghana.
Responsible consumption & production
We reduce food waste from cocoa production by 40%.
To increase the added value, we research the potential of the entire cocoa plant.
We enhance recycling and waste reduction by constantly optimising our processes.
Living on land
We encourage the optimal and sustainable use of agricultural land – at one with nature.
We regularly carry out training for our cocoa farmers focusing on sustainable cultivation of cocoa plantations.
Our goal for Koa is to be carbon neutral by 2022.
Thanks to regular workshops with Koa, I’ve been able to not only create a second source of income but also gain new knowledge for the cultivation of our cocoa plants.
Ama Owusua Cocoa farmer from Assin Akrofuom, Ghana
I’m 24 years young, coming from a small town close to where Koa is situated. Now imagine that young locals start building the first ever cocoa fruit juice factory – locally – and we can be part of that world innovation. Pretty amazing, right?
Ebenezer Nstiful Processing Supervisor at Koa, Ghana
It was a wonderful surprise when the Koa team started setting up the factory in our community. The benefit for all of us quickly became apparent. Exciting to be part of this!
Assana and Kweku Ampong Cocoa farmer from Assin Akrofuom, Ghana
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