Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana

Description

The “Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana” project is a partnership between the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and UNDP. The overall objective of the project is to create institutional systems, tools and policies to rehabilitate cocoa landscapes; conserve and expand forests, forest buffer zones and corridors; and incentivize cocoa farmers to adopt environmentally friendly best practices.

The project works to address key policy issues that pose major environmental threats to sustainable cocoa landscapes and to strengthen the institutions that work in the sector. Furthermore, the project is piloting mechanisms that serve as incentives to farmers to adopt environmentally sound production practices resulting in the rejuvenation of ecosystem goods and services, on-farm biodiversity, and increased productivity.

Taken together, project activities will promote a model that can be adopted nationally to enhance the capacity of COCOBOD and other stakeholders in the cocoa sector including farmers to participate in selected activities to maximize the economic benefits of sustainable production and biodiversity conservation as a counterweight to factors driving deforestation and environmental degradation. Lessons learned in the course of the implementation will be widely disseminated, especially to promote green commodities on the international market.

Accomplishments

Finances



The total budget is US$ 1.7 million and it is financed by the Mondelēz Cocoa Life

Overview
Status
Ongoing
Project start date
2012
Project end date
2015
Geographic coverage
Nation-wide
Focus Area
Sustainable Development
MDG
7
Project Focal Point
Namho Oh
Partners
 
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  • The full project document can be found here English