Agriculture - Agroalimentaire

Cargill expands sustainable access to safe water to Western North Region

The project is aimed at ensuring access to Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) services in deprived cocoa communities and was funded by Cargill

Cargill Ghana Limited together with its technical partner, Safe Water Network (SWN), has completed and handed over ten mechanized solar-powered water systems constructed in 10 cocoa-growing communities.

It is expected that about 15,000 people will be directly and indirectly impacted through this project.

At a brief commissioning event held at Afamu in the Western North Region under the theme ‘Expanding Sustainable Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Cocoa Growing Communities’, these water systems were officially opened and handed over to the beneficiary communities: Afamu, Nambro, Abrabra, Asafo, Kantankrobo, Baakokrom,Surano, Ntrentenso, Punikrom and Kramokrom in the Bibiani-Anwiaso-Bekwai and Sefwi Wiawso municipalities.

On behalf of the people of the area, the Abusuapanin of the Sefwi Anwiaso Traditional Area, Nana Kyem Kofi Ankoanna II, who delivered a speech on behalf of the Paramount Chief, Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, expressed gratitude to Cargill Ghana and assured of the community’s willingness to partner Cargill on its community development sustainability initiatives.

“I want to thank Cargill for being a true partner to the communities in this area. As a grateful people, I can assure you that we will stick with you as our preferred cocoa partner,” he remarked.

Expanding access to water to rural communities is key to government’s agenda to improve livelihoods especially for cocoa growing communities.

This was reiterated by a speech read on behalf of the Western North Region Minister, Richard Ebbah Obeng, by the Spokesman for the Western North Region, John Koah.

He commended Cargill’s sustainability initiative and underscored the importance of potable water to the lives of Ghanaians living in rural communities.

“The United Nations Development Goal 6 of providing safe and affordable water for all by the year 2030 cannot be achieved by the government alone. It is in the light of this that I want to commend highly Cargill Ghana Ltd for supporting communities with safe and affordable water to augment’ government’s effort,” he said.

The beneficiary communities, which have been part of Cargill’s sourcing network and the Cargill Cocoa Promise since 2017, were selected based on a Community Action Plan (CAP) development and a needs assessment in collaboration with CARE International.



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