We are a Canadian company with a vision of utilizing the waste cocoa husks in West Africa. Our vision is to reach into every cocoa producing country and build sustainable partnerships fostering economic prosperity for farmers, women and families and in so doing make Organic Potash Corporation ("OPC") the premier producer of organically sourced potassium carbonate and its derivatives in the world.
OPC produces +99% pure food grade potassium carbonate from organic waste materials using proprietary patented production technology. This is the world’s first organic-based potassium carbonate and has the added benefit of being renewable, sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically rewarding to the producer and to the corporation.
The purity of OPC’s potassium carbonate will allow the Corporation the ability to target multiple industries including food, manufacturing, (potassium carbonate is found in numerous consumer and industrial products) and Pharmaceutical. Our byproducts are inorganic minerals that will be returned to the cocoa farmers as fertilizer supplements, which will improve the productivity of their plantations.
Recycling Organic Waste Into Potash
Through its prototype mini plant in Ghana, OPC has produced +99% pure potassium carbonate from organic waste, cocoa husks, using a patented technology. OPC’s process and production were independently verified by SGS and by Intertek (engineering leaders in chemical analysis and verification)
In order to maximize the potential of the cocoa husks, OPC is examining the feasibility, together with energy partners, in generating electricity from the raw cocoa husks and then using the waste for the production of potassium carbonate. This symbiotic relationship would provide dependable electricity to outlying cocoa communities and complete the cycle of sustainability.
We also focus on environmental benefits and impacts. Recycling cocoa husks from cocoa farms will reduce, if not eliminate, black pod disease, as well as Ochratoxin contamination, which in turn will protect the cocoa crops.
It is our intention to assist women in cocoa producing communities. Traditionally, a woman’s role in the cocoa value chain can be restricted to assisting their husbands in the harvesting, fermentation, and drying of beans and for that effort, they receive limited income. Additionally, they are responsible for the upbringing of the children, while typically the men own and manage the farms.
OPC will give women the opportunity to sort, or dry and incinerate, the cocoa husks. OPC will then purchase either raw husk or bagged ash from those women. This contribution to the family earnings accomplishes a number of purposes. The fact that the women are now directly contributing a 2nd source of income, that did not previously exist, to the family unit, will empower women and allow them the opportunity for increased educational and other opportunities. OPC will involve as many women as possible in all of the various activities to be carried on.
Local women and girls will become actively involved in the retention, preparation and sale, of the raw or semi processed cocoa husk. Already women’s organizations are being created within the communities, aimed at assisting each other in this endeavor. As part of OPC’s community commitment, OPC will assist women through these newly forming women associations, to produce and sell artisanal soaps on the local and export market. This revenue will complement the jobs, created and filled by women.
By eliminating barriers to equality and helping to create better opportunities, through the commodity purchase from the women directly, or through women’s groups, women and girls can be powerful agents of change and improve their own lives and those of their families, communities and countries. This is a powerful way to contribute to the reduction of poverty for everyone.