List of Acronyms

A list of acronyms is made to help you, as a reader. As writers of this report and fresh experts of the cocoa industry, we got used to several terms others do not know about. So if you read an abbreviation you do not understand, this list could become helpful.

AEO: Agricultural Extension Officer, part of the Ministry of Agriculture in Ghana.

AIDS: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome

Biggest eight LBCs:

1. Produce Buying Company

  1. Akuafa Adamfo

  2. Olam Ghana

  3. Adwumapa Buyers

  4. Federated Commodities

  5. Kuapa Kokoo

  6. Trans Royal Ghana

  7. Agro Ecom (Armajaro)

BMC: Business Model Canvas. CHED: Cocoa Health Extinction

Division of Cocobod.
: Chief Executive Officer

CMC: Cocoa Marketing Company of Cocobod.

Cocobod: Ghana’s cocoa board. Cocobod is a governmental organisation, which claims ‘to encourage and facilitate the production, processing and marketing of good quality cocoa, coffee and sheanut in all forms in the most efficient and cost effective manner, and maintain the best mutual industrial relation with its objectives’ [Cocobod, 2015]

CRIG: Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana

CRIP: Cocoa Roads Improvement Programme of Cocobod.

CSD: Cocoa Services Division of Cocobod.

CSSVD-CU: Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease Control Unit

CTO: Chief Technical Officer

Farmerline: Ghana Farmerline Ltd. Social Enterprise, which is willing to empower smallholder farmers through the use of technology to increase the income and improve the living standards.

FIS: Functions of Innovation Systems, Van Alphen.

GH¢/GHC: Ghanaian Cedi; currency used in Ghana. 1 euro = 4.18 cedi (04-01-2016)

GMet: Ghana Meteorological Agency is Ghana’s national weather provider.

HIV: humaan immunodeficiëntie virus

KNUST: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology based in Kumasi.

LBC: Licensed Buying Company. Company who buys the cocoa beans from the cocoa farmers and sells them to Cocobod.

Minor group: Group of three students from the TU Delft, who are spending their minor-program abroad. This group contains Selcuk Baran, Evelien Habing and Sjoerd van Hoof.

LF: Lead Farmer
PC: Purchasing Clerk

QCD: Quality Control Division of Cocobod.

SIM: Subscriber Identity Module SPD: Seed Production Division of Cocobod.

SMS: Short Message Service

TAHMO: Trans-African Hydro- Metrological Observatory. TAHMO is a joint initiative of TU Delft and Oregon University. They have developed and designed an inexpensive and robust weather station. Their aim is to let 20.000 of those weather stations operate across Africa.

UNESCO: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UTZ: UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment.