The Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI) is a joint commitment between the governments of top cocoa-producing countries and some of the largest cocoa companies in the world to end deforestation and restore forest areas by ending the conversion of forest land for cocoa production.
Frameworks for action have been signed by government and leading cocoa companies in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Colombia which focus on:
Conservation of National Parks and forested land, as well as restoration of forests that have been degraded by cocoa farm encroachment.
Sustainable intensification and diversification of income in order to increase farmers’ yields and livelihood, to grow “more cocoa on less land” and thereby reduce pressure on forests.
Engagement and empowerment of cocoa-growing communities. In particular mitigation of the social impacts and risks of land-use changes on affected cocoa farmers and their communities.
Through Forests 2020, Ecometrica has been supporting the Ghana Forestry Commission to improve its forest monitoring system so it can effectively monitor and implement its CFI commitments.