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  I'm going to visit cocoa farmers in Ghana
Updated 19 September 2003, 10.39
Kirsty will be writing from Ghana
Kirsty's going to Ghana to visit farmers who grow cocoa which is used to make fair trade chocolate.

Next week while she's there Kirsty will be writing a web diary (called a blog) about what she is experiencing.

"I'm really excited about going to Ghana. I've never been there before.

We will be based in Kumasi which is a big city about five hours drive from the capital, Accra.

I'm going to Ghana with my Dad who is one of the people who helped start the Day Chocolate Company.

Divine chocolate


Day sells a fair trade chocolate called Divine and also sells a kids' chocolate bar called Dubble.

Because of my Dad I've been a little involved in Divine from the start.

Sometimes I help sell chocolate at food fairs, which is pretty cool.

Tenth anniversary

The farmers in Ghana own one-third of the Day Chocolate Company.

They belong to a farmers' co-operative called Kuapa Kokoo, which means Good Cocoa Farmer in Twi (a language spoken in Ghana).

We're going to Ghana to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Kuapa Kokoo.

Remote areas

A cocoa tree
A cocoa tree
I don't really know what to expect when I'm there.

But we will be in quite remote areas where cocoa farmers live.

Often there is no electricity and if they are lucky people have a water pump where they can get fresh water.

King's palace

We will also be visiting a monkey sanctuary.

And I hope we will be able to see the palace in Kumasi where the King of the Ashanti lives. Ashanti is the largest tribe in Ghana.

I'm also looking forward to meeting people my own age.

Injections

This week I had to start taking my malaria tablets to stop me getting sick while I'm in Ghana.

I have also had to have injections for yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A which wasn't much fun.

At least the inoculations last for 10 years so I don't have to do that for a while!"

Kirsty, 10, London

Kirsty's daily web diary from Ghana will start on Wednesday 24 September.


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More InfoBORDER=0
WorldCountry profile: Ghana
Find OutWhat is Fair Trade?
ChatChat about global issues
ClubWhy I think we should support Fair Trade
ClubMy farm helps make Fairtrade chocolate
ClubWrite YOUR report!

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Past StoriesBORDER=0
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