Abengourou, Aug 30 (AIP) - As part of the Cocoa Transparency program, CEMOI, in partnership with Palladium, had launched the "Partnership for Forest (P4F)" project in Abengourou with the theme "Preserving forests through the professionalization of cocoa farmers and their organizations ".
This agro-forestry project aims to reintroduce non-cocoa trees into and around cocoa orchards to help maintain biodiversity and mitigate climate change.
It also aims to professionalize cocoa farmers' cooperatives so that they are more efficient, productive and respectful of the environment.
Funded by the British government and the Cocoa-Coffee Council, the P4F project spans a two-year period (2018-2020) and covers three cocoa growing regions, including the Agnéby-Tiassa, Mé and the Indenie Djuablin. It targets a target population of 3,000 cocoa farmers.
It will be implemented by five cooperative societies operating in the project area with technical support from several CEMOI partners including Technoserve, ICRAF and Ecotierra.
These five cooperative societies are SCOOP BAD and SCOOPS KA for the region of Agnéby-Tiassa, ECAAF and SCOOPAGEA for the region of Mé and COOPRADI for the region of Indénié-Djuablin.
The initiators hope that at the end of the two years of implementation of this project, 2,500 hectares of cocoa will be rehabilitated, 600 planters will be transformed into agricultural entrepreneurs, 480,000 hectares of trees will be planted and five village awareness committees on Deforestation and forest preservation will be operational within the committed cooperative societies.
Other expected results include the traceability of planters, cocoa and the total cocoa area covered by the project and transparency in management and accounting of the cooperative societies involved.