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From full sun to shaded cocoa agroforestry systems: Rehabilitation of smallholder cocoa farms and forest ecosystems for enhanced conservation and sustainable use of forestry resources in the High Forest zone of Ghana

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

The project supports conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in the High Forest Zone (HFZ) of Ghana. It works with three cocoa companies, smallholder farmers and local authorities to rehabilitate degraded cocoa and forest ecosystems resulting from cocoa expansion, low productivity, food insecurity and inadequate forest governance. In order to guarantee deforestation-free supply chains in the cocoa sector, the project seeks to address drivers of deforestation. This will be achieved by implementing measures for the strategic planning and decision support system, financing and implementation of large-scale, ecologically sound and socially equitable restoration of smallholder cocoa agroforestry systems that ensure the use of native tree species and the involvement of local communities.

State of implementation/results

  • The projects seeks to empower smallholder cocoa farmers in the High Forest Zone of Ghana to practice climate-smart cocoa production in an integrated land-use system. Until August 2018 1,782 farmer have been supported to rehabilitate 790 ha of cocoa farms.
  • The project will therefore engage farmers in capacity development, local authorities to implement measures for a strategic multi-stakeholder land-use planning and three cocoa companies to guarantee deforestation-free supply chains in the High Forest Zone.
  • Radio campaign on cocoa rehabilitation launched by the project.
  • National dialoue on cocoa agroforestry planned.
  • Deforestation monitoring is being piloted in the project region.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation - Ghana

Partner institution(s):
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana
  • Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana,Forestry Commission - Ghana

BMU grant:
€ 1,393,476

01/2016 till 02/2019


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