Program Overview

Ghana produces 20% of all the cocoa in the world and has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa, driven by expansive agriculture mainly through cocoa farming. To tackle deforestation, Ghana is implementing the Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme on a 5.92 million-hectare area located in the southern partof the country, which forms part of the West Africa Guinean Forest biodiversity hotspot.

Through this program, Ghana is promoting sustainable cocoa production systems in an agro-forest mosaic that produces high-quality, nature-friendly cocoa while benefiting local communities with 12 million people. The program seeks to leverage a strong private sector commitment and investment into a climate-smart cocoa production system and standard, and supported by a suite of policy interventions and reforms.

Ghana’s Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Program is ambitious and will be jointly coordinated by the National REDD+ Secretariat (NRS) at the Forestry Commission (FC) and the Ghana Cocoa Board, in partnership with a broad set of private sector, public sector, civil society, traditional authority, and community people.

Ghana aims to reduce 294 million t CO2 equivalent in the 20 years of the program, representing a reduction of 44% compared to historical emissions. To achieve this, Ghana has placed special attention to securing strong private sector engagement and community support.


Name of Jurisdictional Program
Ghana’s Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme

Program area or jurisdiction
Cocoa-Forest Landscape

Commodities Overview

Source: FAOSTAT Crop Database

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CJA Assessment

Applicable Standard:

Ghana’s Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme is a jurisdictional initiative that was formally approved under the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF-CF) in May 2017. 

Eligibility status under CJA:

Since the Carbon Fund is one of CJA’s pre-qualified standards, this program qualified for Pathway 2 of confirmation of eligibility under CJA. 

The Jurisdictional program is in substantial compliance with all 6 of the CJA eligibility criteria. Therefore, the program area (Cocoa-Forest Eco-zone) qualifies under the CJA and is eligible for preferential commodity sourcing. The screening to confirm eligibility against CJA criteria was conducted in 2019. 


Type of Jurisdiction
Sub-national region (Eco-zone)
Type of Assessment
Pathway 2: Confirmation of eligibility
Applicable Standards
FCPF-Carbon Fund

Assessment Results:

National Determined Contribution (NDC) with forest and/or land use commitments
Active engagement of different stakeholders
Strong Political Support
Social and Environmental Safeguards Reporting
Forest Monitoring System and baseline
Action Plan to reduce forest loss


Fully met
Partially met
Not met

Contact Information

Entity responsible of program management: Forestry Commission of Ghana;
Name: Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie; Mr. Yaw Kwakye;

Entity co-managing the program: Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)
Name: Mr. Emmanuel Opoku, Cocoa Health and Extension Division

Commodity/Agriculture-based institution: Ministry of Food
and Agriculture (MOFA)
Name: Seth Osei Akoto, Director of Crops Services

Initiatives supporting the program: World Cocoa
Foundation (WCF)
Name: Sander Muilerman

Other relevant initiatives in the jurisdiction

Profile updated on: June 2021