The Hershey Company has revealed an innovative programme to use GPS mapping to provide precise measurements of farm acreage as part of the Hershey Learn To Grow Farm Programme in Ghana.
GPS mapping will help farmers better plan and manage their cocoa farms, increasing yields and farmer incomes.
The Hershey Learn To Grow initiative is part of Hershey’s $10m commitment in West Africa during the next five years to accelerate the company’s cocoa programmes in the region. The investment will help improve cocoa farming and community health and reduce instances of child labor.
Hershey has also selected The Assin Foso District in the heart of Ghana’s central cocoa region as the site for this innovative Hershey Learn To Grow farm and community learning centre.
In addition, Hershey and partner Source Trust will establish 25 community-based farmer organisations to improve the living standards of 1,250 cocoa farm families.
Hershey and Source Trust are surveying participating farmers to better understand current farm characteristics, farming practices, and pest and disease issues.
Source: The Hershey Company
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