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In Ghana many cocoa farms have old trees that do not produce a lot of fruit. Most are owned...Read more
Ghana’s High Forest Zone constitutes a major cocoa production area, however most cocoa farms have ageing trees with declining yields, and are highly vulnerable to climate related shocks such as drought. With limited access to land farmers often encroach upon protected forest areas to raise cocoa and food crops, increasing deforestation and CO2 emissions. To reverse this trend, SNV is working with farmers and businesses to introduce climate-smart farming practices, and cocoa traceability and siting systems that increase quality yields whilst managing sustainable farm expansion and reducing deforestation.
Many cocoa farmers have limited capacity to manage and adapt to challenges that negatively impact crop yields, and they are also faced with a lack of planned approaches to effectively rehabilitate and rejuvenate ageing cocoa farms. These issues increase the likelihood that farmers will expand cocoa production into protected forest areas. This project aims to improve cocoa yields and secure farmer livelihoods without encouraging expansion, and in turn reduce emissions from deforestation in protected and off-reserve areas, and ensure biodiversity conservation and enhanced carbon stocks.
SNV are addressing these challenges in several complementary ways:
The project aims for a more balanced approach to cocoa production and forest protection, while supporting cocoa businesses to implement transparent deforestation-free supply chains in Ghana. The adoption of these practices will also help to address wider social issues such as food insecurity and sustainable incomes for local communities.
The project area covers selected areas of forest-cocoa mosaic landscapes in the western part of Bia National Park and Bia North Forest Reserve in the Bia West District of Western region of Ghana.
This project is being implemented in partnership with the Ghana Cocoa Board, the Forestry Commission Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana and Bia West District Assembly, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) over a period of three years (2016 – 2018).