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By providing technical information on the selection and management of forest trees in cocoa farms, as well as guided decision-making exercises about timber trees in cocoa farms, this manual provides an opportunity for adult learning within Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP)’s broader farmer...

The main objective of this paper is to show that under certain conditions cocoa may switch from a status of deforestation agent in the twentieth century to a reforestation agent in the twenty-first. In the meantime, less dependency upon primary or secondary forest probably means more...

Conservation because it pays: shaded cocoa agroforests in West Africa, Gockowski, James, Weise Stephan, Sonwa Denis, Tchatat M., and Ngobo Martine , National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC on February, 2004, Volume 10, Issue 2004, (2004)

The shaded cocoa cropping system found throughout West Africa but particularly well represented in Cameroon and Nigeria is a sustainable agricultural land use system that provides relatively high values of environmental services. This paper describes and quantifies some of its non-cocoa economic...

The forest cover in Central Africa is less degraded than in West Africa, where cocoa cultivation has contributed to deforestation. In contrast, cocoa production in southern Cameroon (Central Africa) uses natural forest management (cultivation in natural shade) by smallholders. Cocoa farmers use...

The goal of STCP is to improve the economic and social well being of smallholders and the environmental sustainability of tree crop farms. The program was focused on: (1) training farmers in integrated crop and pest management (ICPM), quality management, post-harvest processing, and planting,...

Cocoa-based agroforestry production systems, Somarriba, E., and Beer J. , Workshop on Shade Grown Cocoa, 1998, (1998)

The CATIE-GTZ-INRENARE agroforestry project in Panama and Costa Rica started operations in 1986; shade management in cocoa plantations was identified as a major research line. Five cacao-based agroforestry systems were selected for research: 1) leguminous tree species (Gliricidia sepium,...

In a 20 pages document Kraft presents an overview of its efforts with regard to a future sustainable cocoa sector.

The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins has conducted biophysical, socioeconomic and institutional research on the tradeoffs associated with alternative land uses in the humid tropics. Building on previous research at the ASB benchmark sites, this paper presents spatially-explicit...

In this working document 10 key elements are listed to enhance the implementation of the Accra Agenda: Transparaceny; Compliance with applicable laws and regulations; Remuneration for quality cocoa, productivity and improved farmers’ income; Access to credit and rural development services, and...

Cocoa production strategies and the conservation of globally significant rainforest remnants in Ghana policy and impact analyst, , Production, markets and the future of smallholders: the role of cocoa in Ghana, 2007, Accra, Ghana, (2007)

Cocoa has been a serious agent of deforestation in Ghana and its continued expansion in the Western Region is threatening globally important protected areas and the integrity of the ecosystem. Productivity growth through intensification must be part of the equation. Achieving a yield gap of 50%...

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