Friday, June 17, 2011

Safmarine Sponsor Logistics Training for Ghanaian Cocoa Workers

Part of World Cocoa Foundation Initiative
Shipping News Feature

GHANA - Young Ghanaian students with ambitions to join the agricultural industry will now benefit from the World Cocoa Foundation’s (WCF) Agricultural Logistics Skill Development Programme at the KNUST School of Business with help from shipping line Safmarine and cocoa producers ADM Cocoa.

The aim of the educational programme, which launched earlier this week, is to equip selected youths with post-secondary education with specialist knowledge and understanding of logistics, supply chain, warehousing and socio-economic issues. Graduates of the programme will be qualified for employment in the agriculture industry as logistics and warehousing technicians. Approximately thirty students have enrolled for the first phase of the programme.

The funding for the training has been provided by Safmarine and ADM Cocoa, who as part of the WCF are committed to promoting a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools and training they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits.

Safmarine’s Global Sustainability Manager, Larisa Thuije said: “As a member of the WCF, and given Safmarine’s long involvement with our customers in the cocoa trade, we are keen on promoting sustainable development through education. This programme is a great opportunity for that”.

According to ADM Cocoa’s Alain Fredericq, director, Global Business Development and Sustainability, the programme will benefit industry in Ghana, particularly within the cocoa supply chain.

“As Ghana becomes an increasingly important producer of cocoa, the need for effective logistics at every step of the supply chain is crucial to the Ghanaian cocoa industry,” says Fredericq.

“The educational programme’s varied curriculum allows for a profound understanding of challenges along the supply chain and encourages students to work toward sustainable solutions.”

(pic: Safmariners and WCF colleagues with students at the launch of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) Agricultural Logistics Skill Development Programme at the KNUST School of Business)