The Challenge of Chocolate and Forests

A big part of deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana is due to cocoa. Why is this happening and how is the Cocoa & Forests Initiative helping? Watch this video and learn how your chocolate can play its part in saving and restoring West Africa’s forests and stopping climate change.
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Fighting Deforestation with Landscape Approaches: Two Case Studies

Within the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, cocoa and chocolate companies have adopted a landscape approach to combat deforestation. What does this mean? The idea is to look far beyond individual farm boundaries into the surrounding communities and landscapes to address environmental, social, and climate issues. Companies partner with traditional chiefs, community leaders, NGOs, local governments, and other stakeholders. Learn more with two examples from Ghana: the Asunafo-Asutifi landscape and the ASASE project.
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"Planting trees will bring back the forest"
Deforestation in Haut-Sassandra, Côte d’Ivoire has caused climate change and lower yields. Lucas Kouassi Kouame has joined a program to help address deforestation and livelihoods. Read more.
"Fully own my trees, and plant more of them"
Portia Sani's yields in Safwi Elluokrom, Ghana have improved since she started implementing agroforestry, planting shade trees, and gaining documentation for tree ownership. Read more.
A river, a refuge for wildlife and cocoa farmers
Ekra Yao Blaise and other farmers are part of the Hana River Project in Côte d'Ivoire, creating a natural barrier between their cocoa farms and the river. Their actions contribute to protecting the region's biodiversity. Read more.
Golden eggs: better income, better nutrition, better cocoa
To diversify her income, Janet Awuku has begun poultry farming. Better livelihoods for farmers protect the forest in Wuruyie, Ghana. Read more.
"Increasing cocoa yield with the same amount of land is possible"
As a Community Development Manager in Kumasi, Ghana, Hamidu Isaka helps cocoa farmers grow more cocoa on less land. Read more.
"My farm's productivity has increased"
Ouedrago Salif is one of 13,483 cocoa farmers who took part in a Good Agricultural Practices training program. He and his family are already seeing results. Read more.
"Budgeting and crop diversification are life-changing"
Ardjouma Biago, a cocoa farmer in Koupella, Côte d'Ivoire, joined 164 other women in efforts to achieve financial literacy, diversity incomes, fight food insecurity, and prevent child malnutrition. Read more.
"People get along better"
In Kossoyo, Côte d’Ivoire, cocoa was considered a man’s crop even though women worked on farms. But things are changing for women like Lucie Kouassi Tehi. Read more.
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Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Learn about the work WCF member companies and partners are doing to ensure a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector. Want your company to be featured in our cocoa sustainability roundup? Email for details.

Bühler announced work to cut carbon emissions to boost climate-smart food production. Read more.

Cargill and CARE published a report on their decade of partnership in cocoa communities. Read more.

CIAT released a tool that provides a map on current and future climate suitability for cocoa and coffee in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more.

Dengo do Brasil
Cocoa farmers in Bahia, Brazil improved their condition through agroforestry, land tenure, and partnership with Dengo. Read more.
The Hershey Company
Hershey announced new commitments to advance environmental progress and address climate change. Read more.

Mondelēz International
Mondelēz Cocoa Life published a paper on community development public-private partnerships in Indonesia. Read more.

WCF Director of Agricultural Productivity Hervé Bisseleua commented on research that shows how hand pollination increases yields and farmer income in Indonesia. Read more.
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