Who? Maren Peters (from Germany), second year Fair Trade Management student at VHL.
What? Research on the economic performance of organic and fair trade farmers in the cocoa industry in Aponapono
Where? At the Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute in Ghana
It was difficult and frustrating sometimes because there is the 'white people are rich' stereotype to deal with. This meant that many of the farmers lied to me in the hope of getting some money. I only found out in the last week that some of my collected data was not valid because of this.
On the other hand, people were incredibly open and keen to be friends. They liked chatting with me and they were extremely hospitable. For example, they didn't want me to have to fetch water or to cook. I liked nearly everything about Ghana. The only things that took a bit of getting used to were the cockroaches and the dead mice that you often find in the toilet. I will definitely return to Ghana, but I don't think I could spend the rest of my life there. The mentality and culture are too different for that.'