28 May 2013

Ghana: Fairtrade Loses an Impassioned Leader

press release

Fairtrade Africa's members and staff extend their condolences to Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union as they mourn the loss of their President, Madam Christiana Ohene-Agyare. Madam Christiana died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 19th, at the age of 54.

The popular leader, and the first female President of Ghana's largest farmer's union, was recognised for her significant achievements in empowering small holder cocoa farmers and in promoting women's leadership in the sector.

She championed a system of quotas for women across all levels of the union's governance and saw women's membership increase to 32% during her time on Kuapa's National Executive Council.

"Madam Christiana has been a model for women's empowerment within Fairtrade Africa," says Chief Adam Tampuri, Chairman of the Board of Fairtrade Africa. "Her passion for increased female participation in the governance of our organisation and her forthright nature will be missed by us all."

Madam Christiana was incredibly proud of Kuapa's democratic structure, its participation in Fairtrade, and its achievements. In a number of instances she was quoted expressing her pride in being a member of a co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate.

She would often say that she is yet to come across any other organisation in the world with that kind of business relationship.

Fairtrade Africa expresses our deepest sympathies to Madam Christiana's family, her community, and the members and staff of Kuapa Kokoo. Madam Christiana will be missed as an impassioned and inspirational leader within the Fairtrade movement.

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