WE HELP COCOA FARMERS RESTORE LOST TREES IN THEIR FARMS

Deforestation in cocoa farming is contributing to destroying livelihoods and- the eco-system in cocoa producing areas. It’s, therefore, of great significance to protect forest in cocoa growing communities and to avoid continuation of man-made deforestation. This will play a role to reduce global warming cause by the cocoa sector. The good news is that deforestation in cocoa farming can be reduced and stop defiantly. But the root cause of deforestation cannot be solved if the cocoa farmers are not allowed to play their role, and if they are ignored because they are part of the problem as a result of some of the following issues:

  • Low income – arising -> to Poverty Among Farmers
  • Lack of Knowledge – arising -> to Logging of Trees
  • Climate Change Impact – arising -> to Annual Yield Loss  

However, approaches such as the REDD+ and the Cocoa and Forest Initiatives (C&FI) have shown promising results but it has failed to involve the farmers the farmers as independent partner. Nevertheless, continues progress using the above approaches will require a sustained commitment by major stakeholders such as, the farmers, governments, businesses and consumers.

Consequently, though, this action we are sensitizing, training and support smallholder farmers we work with to manage their farming business using zero deforestation methods and support them to plant more trees in their farms. Our goal is ending deforestation—and, where possible, replanting fallen trees in cocoa farm, and community forest.

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES WE ARE APPLYING :

  • Sensitize and train on new effective cocoa sustainability farming practices
  • Sensitize farmers on the need for zero deforestation in cocoa farmland
  • Support actions to plant trees suitable for cocoa farming
  • Promote actions to reforest land with timber and put in place rules to stop future unsustainable logging practice
  • Provide young grown tress to farmer, to replace lost tress in farmland
  • Encourage farmers who plant more trees in their farms with extra income
  • Support actions to nourish degraded land used for cocoa farming
  • Monitor and continue monitoring of farm reforestation processes
  • Promote access to financing for farmers to invest in their business
  • Support efforts to protect reserved forest and sanitize farmers to stop with using reserved land for cocoa farm
  • Work with partner to encourage direct market access for cocoa farmers respecting deforestation regulation
  • Provid market access for cooperatives and groups that members produce their cocoa crop with respect of sustainability norms
  • Support rehabilitation of old fragile cocoa farm to increase production on the same farmland to avoid deforestation
  • Support and strengthen farmers, cooperatives and groups to have the capacity needed to sanitize and support their members
  • Help to train farmers on diversification and use of climate friendly approaches and encourage forest protection and reforestation
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