President of the World Cocoa Foundation, Rick Scobey, is requesting Ghana’s award-winning rapper, Okyeame Kwame, to do a song for cocoa farmers on government’s decision to grant them ownership of valuable trees on their farms.
Government on the UN International Day of Forests, announced that Ghanaian cocoa farmers, for the first time ever, have obtained official ownership of valuable non-cocoa trees on their farms.
Experts have lauded the decision, which they described as an important milestone in efforts to conserve forests and support diversified sources of income for cocoa farmers.
Excited about the decision, Scobey tweeted at Okyeame Kwame Thursday urging the musician who has in recent times been championing developmental issues to consider a song on the issue.
“Good news, @Okyeamekwame! Breakthrough for Ghana’s Cocoa Farmers: First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees! There’s gotta be a song here! @WorldCocoa!”
The musician who seems to have accepted the honour tweeted a response, saying, “Yes it is True. I will Sir, I will contact the ministry ASAP and revert.”
In recent times, Okyeame Kwame has been seen at the forefront of national campaigns aimed at halting climate change, encouraging afforestation and promoting the local cocoa industry.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently congratulated Okyeame Kwame for his contribution towards national development, particularly in his capacity as an ambassador for Ghana cocoa.
Also, Solidaridad West Africa, a development organisation, recently appointed Okyeame as a Climate Change Ambassador for its World Bank-sponsored Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) project worth $5.5million.
In his stride to encourage sustainable forest management practices, Okyeame has recorded a song about climate change and why it is important for farmers to take responsible action to fight the phenomenon.