About Kuapa Kokoo

Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited (KKFU), is a cocoa farmers’ co-operative organization  registered under the Co-operative Societies decree of 1968 (NLCD 252) and Co-operative Societies Regulations, 1968 (L.I. 604) as a co-operative Union in Ghana. The Union has over 100,000 registered members who are primarily smallholder cocoa farmers  organized into about 1,300 communities in 57 primary Societies (District) in six cocoa growing regions.

KKFU gained  Fairtrade certification in 1995, to supply ethically produced cocoa beans to the certified market. This made Kuapa the first Fairtrade-Certified smallholder farmers’ organization in West Africa. Additionally,  the organisation has gained both UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification status enabling it to sell certified cocoa beans under these two schemes.

KKFU is the only cooperative union in Ghana which owns a licensed cocoa buying company called Kuapa Kokoo Limited (KKL). KKL is responsible for mobilizing  members cocoa,  thereby enabling the union to participate in the internal trading of cocoa and share in its benefits.

Kuapa Kokoo is a truly democratic organization. The Union operates a 3 tier governance structure with the Zonal Executive Committee (ZEC) at the community level; Society Executive Council (SEC) at the District level and National Executive Council (NEC) who are elected by a National Assembly to formulate policies at the National level. In 2015, the Union adopted a new structure to strengthen farmer commitment, ownership and transparency as well as to further deepen grass root participation in decision making.  KKFU is now registered as a Cooperative Union with 57 primary society affiliates.

The day-to-day running of the Union is administered by the Union’s administrative Secretariat headed by an Executive Secretary with support from over 80 staff members.

KKFU is poised towards the production of  ethical and sustainable cocoa beans to deliver value to chocolate consumers as well as  improve the social, economic and political well-being of its members through interventions centered around productivity enhancement & livelihood support, climate change mitigation and adaptation, Women empowerment, ethical Labour practices, education and Healthcare interventions among others.

How Kuapa Kokoo was formed

Nana Frimpong Abebrese - Founder of Kuapa KokooKuapa Kokoo was formed in 1993 after the structural adjustment programme (SAPs) of Ghana led to the partial liberalization of the internal trading of cocoa. Led by Nana Frimpong Abebrese and with support from NGOs like TWIN, SNV, Christian Aid; Kuapa Kokoo was established to participate in the internal trading of cocoa.



Our vision is to become a leading, caring, efficient and the most globally recognised cooperative in cocoa production and marketing in Ghana.


"Kuapa Kokoo seeks to develop itself into a formidable farmer-based organisation capable of mobilising quality cocoa products, improving the livelihood of members and satisfying customers."