Cadbury Cocoa Partnership is providing thousands of solar lanterns to cocoa farmers in Ghana as well as installing solar power systems on the rooftops of 22 Ghana schools.
The 10,000 solar lanterns are heading to cocoa growing communities in the Western, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Eastern regions. Cadbury will also supply panels to two medical clinics and three food processing units.
Managing Director of Cadbury Ghana, Mr James Boateng, said the $780,000 solar project was part of a larger effort on Cadbury's part to help address social, economic and environmental issues in cocoa growing communities, "so that livelihoods will improve, while we help secure sustainable cocoa supplies for Ghana and our company".
Cadbury has worked before with local intiatives. The "Cadbury Purple Goes Green" initiative launched in July 2007 with a target to reduce carbon emissions in the company to 50%, a 10% reduction in general packaging and 25% for seasonal and gift ranges. Cadbury also plans to make 60% of it's packaging biodegradable.