Photo of the Week: Improving Livelihoods Through Cocoa
April 15, 2011
Frederick Phillips (left) of TechnoServe consults with a cocoa farmer as he removes beans from a cocoa pod in the village of Akyem Takyiman in Ghana.
Frederick Phillips (left) of TechnoServe consults with a cocoa farmer as he removes beans from a cocoa pod in the village of Akyem Takyiman in Ghana. TechnoServe is helping thousands of Ghanaian cocoa farmers to improve the productivity of their farms and increase their incomes.
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