Olam Cocoa’s first Infinity status project in Ghana uses long-term, community-based solutions to tackle deforestation. A model providing economic incentives to local farmers and communities delivers a triple positive impact by protecting and restoring the local landscape, improving agricultural practices and boosting economic opportunities for local farmers.
Deforestation often occurs when smallholder farmers struggle to make a decent income from their existing land. The project aims conserve the Sui River Forest Reserve in Ghana by supporting 10,000 farmers to increase their yields – and therefore incomes – through more sustainable agricultural practices and access to new income-generating opportunities, removing the economic incentive for farmers to encroach on the forest boundaries.
The multi-stakeholder project was launched in 2017 and co-created by Rainforest Alliance and Olam Cocoa, in collaboration with Partnership for Forests (P4F), a programme funded by the UK government. Following its success in Ghana, there is potential for the project to be expanded into other geographies in Ghana, as well as Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
Protecting and regenerating landscapes
Supporting farmers to develop sustainable farming practices
Boosting economic opportunities for farming communities
Through involving the local community in land protection and working with cocoa farming communities to create long-term economic opportunity, the project not only tackles the root causes of deforestation, but also seeks to create a more sustainable and positive future for cocoa farmers.