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
Source: FAOSTAT Crop Database
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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.
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
Name: Sander Muilerman
Other relevant initiatives in the jurisdiction
- Cocoa Life in Ghana Initiative supported by Mondelez
- A landscape approach to sustainable cocoa production supported by IDH and Touton
- Cocoa & Forest Initiative by the World Cocoa Foundation
- Olam’s cocoa in Ghana
- Forest Investment Program in Ghana (FIP)
Profile updated on: June 2021