Resilient Value Chain: A Guide to Implementing Sustainable Cocoa Agroforestry

Article du 24 October 2022

For almost a year, Kinomé and the NGO Alisos had facilitated a knowledge exchange program on sustainable cocoa agroforestry, at the request of the World Bank / FCPF. The cocoa and forest knowledge exchange program allowed participants from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and the Dominican Republic to exchange tools to facilitate the adoption of an economically viable and climate change resilient growth trajectory for the cocoa sector through enhanced knowledge on agroforestry.

Innovation in the midst of COVID.

As field visits to both continents were not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exchanges were organized via video conferencing, complemented by the production of a series of short films shot in the field. In these webinars, countries were represented by national core groups of 5-10 people from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Brazil. These 2021 meetings laid the foundation for the creation of a community of knowledge and practice for sustainable cocoa.

In parallel to the conduct of this program, and as a result of this participatory process, Kinomé worked on the production of a Guide for the implementation of sustainable cocoa agroforestry. The guide went through several workshops with each country and a final version was presented in March 2022.

Finally, using the data collected in the case studies, films and information gathered throughout the development of the guide, a model was developed to allow users to simulate the costs and benefits of cocoa agroforestry projects they wish to implement. This simulator will be available at the end of the year in free access to be fed year after year by the community of practitioners of cocoa agroforestry.

Read more about this guide in the Forest Carbon Partnership article