As a result of chronic poverty, millions of smallholder’s 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.
Challenges posed by climate change will require not only scientific support, but also will demand main behavioral moves at various stakeholders. Our priorities is to encourage stakeholders to collaborate and assess how to enable environmental policies and sustainable cocoa farming ways. Setting training up activities and awareness targeting cocoa farmers mainly the stallholder’s will be a major tool in reducing impact.
- 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