The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo on Friday, 4th October, 2019 launched the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ programme (GCFRP) aimed at reducing carbon emission in the cocoa industry.
The objective of the GCFRP is to significantly reduce carbon emissions resulting from cocoa expansion into forest through the promotion of appropriate climate smart cocoa production approaches including intensification and yield enhancement. The programme also seeks to curb illegal timber harvesting and mining while incorporating shade trees in cocoa systems and to build climate resilience for the cocoa sector in order to secure rural livelihoods and sustain national development
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh in an address disclosed that a joint collaboration with Cocobod, the Prince of Wales Sustainability Initiative Sustainability Trad Initiative (IDH), the World Cocoa Foundation and the Ministry is implementing the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI) which aims to ensure deforestation free cocoa supply chain.
The event was dedicated to the goal “Achieving 10 million Tonnes Emission Reduction in Six years.