Impact through policies and partnerships

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Reaching Africa’s cocoa and coffee stakeholders

East Africa
West Africa

Coffee and cocoa are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Working closely with the coffee and cocoa sectors will help to minimise production losses and secure farmers’ livelihoods. In Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda, CCAFS researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have developed innovative ways of doing this. Their aim is to strengthen climate resilience and contribute to climate change mitigation by reaching out to a broad range of stakeholders.

In Ghana, IITA is helping to bring climate-smart agricultural technologies to the country’s largest cocoa cooperative, Koapa Kokoo, which has around 88,000 members.
“What's new in IITA’s work on the cocoa and coffee sectors is the way we are operating with both private and public sector actors in these value chains. We're engaging with them in various ways, for instance through crop platforms, by helping to develop training materials and by developing joint initiatives.” Laurence Jassogne, Systems agronomist, IITA

For instance, IITA is involved in the Cocoa-Eco project, which is funded by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). SNV asked IITA to join the initiative by bringing climate-smart agricultural technologies to the 88, 000 members of Ghana’s largest cocoa cooperative, Koapa Kokoo. Most of Koapa Kokoo’s members are smallholders living in remote and deprived areas; many are illiterate, and approximately 32% of them are women. The Cocoa-Eco project helps farmers to increase their incomes by intensifying and diversifying cocoa production, while at the same time reducing deforestation and ecosystem degradation.

Reaching Africa’s cocoa and coffee stakeholders

Working closely with coffee and cocoa stakeholders will help to secure farmers’ livelihoods. Y. Ahmad (World Agroforestry)

IITA staff say they are delighted by their recent collaborations with local coffee and cocoa producers, which help them to fully understand the producers’ situations and the decisions that they make. This is particularly important in understanding the rates at which practices are adopted. Partnering with private sector partners, such as RootCapital and the Rainforest Alliance, help IITA develop strategies for scaling-up in the long term. Engaging with government is also crucial for sustainable planning.

Planned outputs include: coffee and cocoa ‘hotspot’ maps, pinpointing the areas most in need of climate adaptation initiatives; information for farmers on promising climate change adaptation and mitigation options; and a set of recommendations for coffee and cocoa certification bodies, highlighting the opportunities for climate-smart agriculture.