West Africa is the world’s largest cocoa producing region with some of the most diverse forests and threatened ecosystems in the world. Waste from cocoa farming, from plastic leftovers to agro-chemicals, not only pollutes farms but is also harmful to flora, fauna and local population. Cocoa farmers therefore can pose a significant threat to the environment with their actions. A lack of conservation will lead to long term catastrophe. Cocoa farmers are dependent on the existence of a healthy rain forest. Therefore the associations have set clear goals and implementations to tackle these issues.
The Conservation Plan
To ensure protection, our associations wrote a conservation plan that is available through this link. The plan was written in close collaboration with the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana and local Forestry and Wildlife Commissions.
The conservation action plan looks at the short, medium and long term consequences focusing on three main goals to address social and environmental management.
1. Yield increase through best management practices, so as to prevent the need for agricultural expansion into virgin forests.
2. Conservation of natural environments as well as the mitigation of the effects of cocoa farming.
3. Education to connect the farmer to his/her land and in the long term support the role of farmers and their families to help protect their environment.