We purchase cocoa beans from
THE NGOLEAGORBU
COCOA FARMERS UNION

‘Ngoleagorbu’ means:
We who live at the forest edge

cooperative name

Ngoleagorbu Cocoa Farmers Union (NGOCFU).

Founded in

The farmers union was founded in 2019.

HOW MANY FARMERS

There are 1,743 farmers, including 390 women in the union.

Location

Gola Rainforest, part of the Upper Guinea Tropical Forest. South Eastern Sierra Leone. Kenema and Kailahun districts. Koya, Tunkia, Gaura and Malema chiefdoms.

3 community associations

- Gaura Cocoa Farmers Association (GACFA).
- Malema Cocoa Farmers Association (MACFA).
- Tunkia/Koya Cocoa Farmers Association (TUNKOCFA).

The harvest

The cocoa varietal is Forastero (Amelonado and Upper Amazon) with the harvest from September to February.

A farmer-led organisation

Ngoleagorbu is the first farmer-led organisation from Sierra Leone to directly export Fairtrade Forest-Friendly cocoa beans. It represents a huge achievement for the 1,743 farmers (1,353 men, 390 women) in NGOCFU and is highly significant within the current context of greater ownership by marginalised producers and the demand for de-colonising trade.

In addition to Fairtrade certification, NGOCFU are working towards organic certification, and have pioneered a Forest-Friendly approach to cocoa farming on the edge of the Gola Rainforest.

A Forest-Friendly approach

Ngoleagorbu means ‘We who live at the forest edge’, and the Forest-Friendly approach means working together to farm sustainably and protect the rainforest, in order to support the sustainable livelihoods of forest-frontier farmers and their organisation.

NGOCFU was formed in 2016, and officially registered as a third tier cooperative union, representing its three farmer associations, in February 2019. Cocoa is fermented at village-level, then following stringent quality checks, it is weighed and accepted by the union and transported to Kenema to NGOCFU’s warehouse.

NGOCFU farmers use no artificial fertilisers or pesticides, and years of quality training shows in the high standard of the cocoa beans produced.

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