IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) will help facilitate the process in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana led by the national governments, cocoa companies, civil society donors and others, to work towards development of a common vision and joint framework of action, endorsed by key public, private, farmer, civil society, knowledge and development sector partners and (impact) investors. The framework will set out clear commitments, timelines, roles & responsibilities and indicate investment requirements.
Check our latest video to hear from some of the stakeholders working together in the Initiative.
IDH, ISU and WCF will coordinate with the signatories of the statement on the building of the frameworks and associated commitments to be presented in November at COP23 in Bonn.
A global steering committee will be put in place to coordinate efforts in country and along the supply chain, and enables cross country learnings. This steering committee will also reach out to the international community, including donors, investors and initiatives like TFA 2020 and the CFG.
Public-private partnerships in country are supported by IDH and WCF to come to inclusive agreements to influence policy, improve governance and land-use management, work towards sustainable business practices and improve field level sustainability.
The joint frameworks of action will help end deforestation and forest degradation related to cocoa production in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, while enabling green growth.
It is expected that the framework will hold commitments of public, private companies, farmers and civil society partners by the creation of:
Having such an agreement in place at national level, is a first step towards addressing cocoa related deforestation and economic green growth at landscape level.
By linking up the efforts with other commodity sectors (e.g. palm oil, rubber, timber, mining) and initiatives, the potential impact to reduce deforestation and enable green growth is further scaled up.
IDH already runs a landscape program in Côte D’Ivoire
Smallholder farmers are a critical factor for implementing and delivering the potential benefits of the framework. In parallel to improved land use planning, there needs to be forest governance and management incentives created for smallholders and communities in the form of income improvement (productivity, quality and resilience). Professionalization, economic empowerment and inclusive development of cocoa communities will be a key, and a strong focus within this area will be on gender empowerment.
The joint framework for action includes (additional) investments of private and public partners in sustainable land use (not only focused on one commodity, or certain farms, but on all land-users in a defined geographic area).
Scale-up of the initiative is targeted in other cocoa regions and countries around the world. The impact of these investments will be social (increased, diversified income), economic (enabling green growth) and environmental (safeguarding remaining forest, restoring degraded forests and sustainable use of natural resources).
Building on existing initiatives is key to address deforestation. IDH and WCF will actively seek synergies with relevant initiatives. Especially the Tropical Forest Alliance: both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are signatories of the Declaration for the Sustainable Development of the Oil Palm Sector in Africa. Other relevant platforms in Ghana are set up by Solidaridad (mining), Touton, and AgroEco as well as the New Ghana Cocoa Platform.
The second roundtables of the Initiative have now taken place in both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Participation has been diverse and broad for both meetings with high level representatives from the government, industry and civil society organizations.
As its incorporator, it is with great pride that IDH can announce the andgreen.fund
On Thursday June 15, 2017 the first Round Table of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative was organized from 9.00-17.00h in Accra. The day, with its core focus on exchange, was officially opened by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources. Close to 80 participants from the public sector, private sector and civil society actively contributed. The presentations that were given are available on this site.
|Ghana Cocoa and Forest REDD+ Program presentation 1 Round Table Cocoa and Forests Initiative||PowerPoint||2017|
|Ministry of Land and Natural Resources presentation 1 Round Table Cocoa and Forests Initiative||PowerPoint||2017|
|TFA2020 presentation 1 Round Table Cocoa and Forests Initiative||PowerPoint||2017|
|WCF Climate Smart Cocoa presentation 1 Round Table Cocoa and Forests Initiative||PowerPoint||2017|
|COCOBOD presentation 1 Round Table Cocoa and Forests Initiative||PowerPoint||2017|
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Public-private investments in sustainable land use focused on all landusers in the area