RESTORING LOST TREES IN COCOA FARMS

Unfortunately the cocoa sector, is part of a vicious circle, which contributes to deforestation and soil degradation, which is negatively impacting livelihoods in cocoa growing regions. Sensitising, training and supporting smallholders, cooperatives and Farmers Business Groups (FBGs), is an important means to use to break this vicious circle.

Low income, high loss of annual crop harvest to pests-diseases, and climate change related impact, and many factors are destructively contributing to encourage deforestation in cocoa farming. Other reasons are poor forest management and burning practices for weed control have contributed to the loss of trees and forest shelter. The continuation of the above issues, and to couple with soil erosion turns, helps to damage alternatives income sources for cocoa farmers and their families, and clearly prevent the development of a sustainable cocoa communities economy and make the situation even more fragile.

Through this project we want to work with partners to boost the capacity of millions of cocoa farmers (mainly the smallholders), in west and central African, countries including: Cameroon, Ghana, and Ivory Coast, to help and support reforestation of lost trees in cocoa farms.

We seek support from sector, partners and developments organizations to enabled us, sensitize, train and provide young tress to smallholder cocoa farmers, members of coops and FBG’s to replace lost trees in their cocoa farms. Support will be use to provide cocoa farmers with the following:

  • Training on new sustainably farming methods
  • Grow millions of trees suitable for cocoa farms
  • Sensitize farmers the need for zero deforestation in farm land
  • Provide young grown tress to farmer, to replace lost tress in farm land
  • Encourage and support cocoa farmers to plant more trees in their farms
  • Monitor and continue monitoring of farm reforestation processes  

Benefit of the project will help to remedy the fragile situation of farmers (smallholders), cooperatives and FBG’s members, as they have limited resources and do lack the technical know-how on reforestation. The most immediate  benefit of project will be holistic including:

  • Protect nature and ensure zero deforestation in cocoa farming
  • Improve standards of living in cocoa communities
  • Increase harvest of sustainable cocoa beans
  • Promote access to financing for cocoa farmers
  • Encourage direct market access for cocoa farmers

THE BELOW CONTAIN OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT PROJECT

Land use transition

  • recover degraded lands with productive agroforestry systems,
  • rehabilitate old fragile agroforestry system increasing their productive lifespan and therefore avoiding deforestation risk,
  • protect remaining forest and stop slash-and-burn practices,
  • reforest with a mix of timber species for future sustainable logging.

Value chain consolidation

  • Building infrastructure to strengthen coops production capacities and positioning.
  • Creating and strengthening capacities.
  • Developing marketing tools and positioning on special markets

Crop diversification and the use of climate friendly production approaches

  • generate sustainable revenue flows, will encourage forest protection and reforestation,
  • introduce a robust set of key performance indicators to strengthen sales and obtain added value.