Assessing the Employment Effects of Processing Cocoa in Ghana

The main purpose of this study is to assess the employment potential of expanding the exports of processed cocoa instead of cocoa beans, Ghana using a case study approach to answer the following questions:
- How many jobs are created through the processing of cocoa beans?
- Who gets the jobs?
- What kinds of jobs are created?

This information is of chief importance to policy makers in Ghana given the plans to expand cocoa production but also curbing unemployment. In order to answer the questions above, this study assessed direct employment created by two cocoa processing companies in Ghana and used the data collected to estimate the jobs created per unit of product, raw material and USD million of exported cocoa products.