Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Hajia Alima Mahama, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, paid a courtesy visit to the shea processing plant of AmCham Ghana member Bunge Loders Croklaan, in the company of AmCham Ghana Executive Secretary, Simon Madjie, and the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of the One District One Factory (1D1F) Initiative at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kofi Addo.
The Ambassador’s visit was to engage with management and acquaint herself with their operations. H.E. Mahama interacted with the General Manager of Bunge Loders Croklaan, Santanu Bhuyan, and other unit managers. She was taken through a presentation outlining Bunge’s operations and their remarkable sustainability efforts at ensuring the well-being of the people and the communities where they source their raw materials.
Ambassador Mahama was also given a tour of Bunge’s ultra-modern shea processing plant, one of the best in the world in terms of efficiency and quality, according to Bunge’s General Manager, Santanu Bhuyan.
Bunge Loders Croklaan has successfully established one of the most reliable sourcing networks over 10 years, with 500,000 thousand women collectors and over 1500 employees servicing 10 factories.
Bunge believes empowering women and future generations creates socio-economic value at the origin, which conserves and protects the shea landscape. The company has helped establish shea cooperatives and has supported them through training, providing equipment to improve their operations, building warehouses, Schools, and granting incentives to encourage best practices.
For almost two centuries, Bunge has expanded its focus, but at heart, it remains a business built on transporting and adding value to agricultural commodities. Bunge Loders Croklaan has worked with customers and partners to develop product innovations and breakthrough systems that have revolutionized the food industry.
H.E. Hajia Alima Mahama was impressed by what the company has achieved and was enthused by Bunge’s deliberate efforts at employing and empowering locals and ensuring gender balance at the processing facility.