Bia-Juabeso Climate-Smart Cocoa Landscape Management Plan (Draft)
In 20 years, under a climate-smart cocoa production system and landscape, cocoa farms in the HIA will be more resilient to changes in rainfall patterns and increases in temperature, and cocoa farmers will have greater capacity to adapt to climate change as a result of improved cocoa production and income diversification. Deforestation will have reduced, resulting in improved habitat for biodiversity, rivers will be better protected, encroachment into forest reserves will cease to occur, and the off-reserve landscape will retain small but significant patches of secondary forests and relic cocoa agro-forests due to the implementation of by-laws, a land-use planning and management process, and effective monitoring under the HIA landscape governance1 mechanism. Instead of planting new farms in traditionally desirable land-use types, cocoa farm establishment will occur in degraded bush fallows and in older farms that have come to the end of their productive cycle and can be rehabilitated. With increased productivity, the area under cocoa could also be reduced. From a distance, the productive cocoa farming landscape will give the impression of being forested, with farmers retaining and planting shade trees to attain the recommended canopy cover (40-50%) while achieving a minimum yield potential of 1100 kg/ha. The associated adaptation, mitigation, carbon stock enhancement, and yield gains will be achieved as a result of the implementation of the HIA governance structure, the distribution of climate-smart cocoa packages, including wide-spread access to key in-puts, the integration of effective extension systems and the availability of farmer-friendly financial and risk-mitigation packages (NCRC 2018).
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