Document Type



Master of Arts


Earth and Environmental Sciences

First Adviser

Karen B. Pooley


The aim of this work is to analyze the traditional shea butter production process and the supply chain of shea in the rural communities that produce it in the Upper West region of Ghana so as to improve these activities through developing permaculture systems and collective work in Ghana and throughout the African diaspora. This thesis focuses on the traditional shea butter process, existing permaculture systems within the process, and supply chain to market. The value of cooperatives and connecting the African Diaspora to shea for a greater social impact is also discussed. The author concludes with suggestions for opportunities to further develop a permaculture system within the shea butter supply chain through improved environmental policy, greater community cooperation, infrastructural developments, and private and public entities creating methods for greater collective impact.

Available for download on Friday, February 26, 2021