Across Africa, specifically in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon, millions of hectares of land not suitable for farming anymore due to bad soil quality or fertility. Cocoa growing communities in the above countries are witnessing widespread of soil degradation caused by climate changes, deforestation and the lack of better farming practices. Poverty among farmers is another issues as a result of the unfair distribution of value chain wealth, and low-income farmers get for their crop.
Millions of smallholders cocoa farmers who can hardly survive, have no-other choice than to explore new ways to survive and support their livelihoods. Farmers are expanding their farms, as they believe it will help increase their income, others are using trees to produce charcoal for alternative, these contribute in large-scale of forest deforestation in cocoa farming business. Together these issues continue to influence major environmental risk, including the loss of biodiversity, natural resources and destroying soil quality.
We believe our contribution can stop deforestation in farming, raise awareness among farmers, specifically the smallholders on climate change in cocoa growing communities. As we work directly with farmers and local community leaders to sensitize and educate them on how can they produce their crop, increase income, protecting forest and its resources for future generations, and we also encourage reforestation.
- By promoting new methods and technologies, this project will also help to build resilience against future changes in weather patterns. CSA also aims to help farmers boost their profits, supporting business growth and the development of stronger value chains.
- By promoting diversification and the growth of cash crops such as haricot beans, this project will encourage agricultural intensification which is both profitable and environmentally friendly.
- By providing access to information and training on environmental conservation in relation to cocoa production, sustainability goals related to environment can be reached and maintained production for a living.
Cocoa farmers should have access to better techniques and training require to grow their crop in an eco-friendly whya that provide them the capacity to sustainably and effectively manage risks related to deforestation. With our initiative we aimed to work with farmers and local government workers to provide immediate support including training and sensitization activities to stop deforestation in cocoa farmers.
We do this through:
- Working with farmers groups to develop sustainable enterprises in cocoa and to introduce to them to additional livelihood means were farmers can earn a living without deforesting.
- Sensitize farmers to Climate Smart Agriculture, Good Agricultural Practices and other dynamic agricultural techniques
- Implement community projects to map forests and resources so they can identify, protect, and conserve the environment
This initiative is to support reforestation of trees and conservation of forests, as well as avoided deforestation as elements of an integral restoration process. As we are conscious of level of land degradation in cocoa growing region in west and centre Africa, with this initiative we seek to support efforts to recover green land through, sustainable land use for cocoa farming.
- Inspire national commitments to restoration by engaging in a robust dialogue between cocoa farmers (smallholders), coop, organise groups
- Promote and encourage farmer to farmer sensitization in communities
- Make an economic case by assessing farmer benefits from restoration and to stop with deforestation
- Establish a financial mechanism that allows partners to fund and support farmers who are participating in restoration activities
- Land restoration can increase food productivity and security that can feed hundreds of under-nourished children and adults in cocoa growing communities in west and central Africa
- Organise workshop on innovative using of woods, and how to Attract investments for locals
- Organize workshop to support cocoa entrepreneurs in communities in west and central Africa