CGIAR recently launched an initiative which uses the concept of ‘climate smart agriculture’ to help cocoa farmers adjust to climate change. The project is part of CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research programme. CGIAR says climate smart agriculture is capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farming and helping farmers adjust to its effects. It is designed to help governments, companies, and NGOs to understand the risks posed by climate change and manage them better.
The new project focuses on mainstreaming climate smart agriculture in cocoa farming through applied climate science, certified supply chains, and ‘impact investing.’ Specific attention will be given to ways in which public and private actors can collaborate to promote whole-system adaptation that is viable over the medium to long term. The project uses existing value chain interventions in Africa and Latin America as model cases. It will translate climate science into adaptable strategies for farmers and supporting actors including industry, certifiers, and investors.
The project will be implemented by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, using voluntary Rainforest Alliance certification, impact investing (Root Capital), and sustainable agricultural systems (Sustainable Food Lab).
In May the project team convened the first in a series of multi-stakeholder meetings with key actors from the cocoa sector in Ghana. The workshop also provided the opportunity to map existing stakeholder activity and assess how the project can add value to ongoing work in Ghana through partnerships with actors such as COCOBOD, CRIG, trading houses, and producer organizations.