Securing the future of chocolate: climate-smart cocoa in Ghana

When:  Mar 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (GMT)
Associated with  Open Forum

As we approach Easter, in many parts of the world thoughts turn to chocolate. But the future of chocolate is threatened. The temperature range that cocoa beans grow well in is very narrow – small changes in temperature and changes in weather patterns threaten the productivity of cocoa farming – impacting the future of chocolate and the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.

Ghana is the world’s second largest producer of cocoa beans. As well as cocoa being threatened by climate change, the tree crop is one of the main drivers of deforestation in the country.  This panel discussion will share the story of how applied research and a multi-stakeholder process led to the articulation of a climate-smart cocoa production pathway, the launch of the world’s first commodity-based emission reductions program, and a corporate commitment from global cocoa and chocolate companies to a no-deforestation supply chain. 

Through the lens of four panelists from Ghana’s Cocoa Board, Ghana Forestry Commission, a leading environmental NGO, and a global chocolate company, they will share insights and lessons from this process. They will speak to the current experience of funding and implementing a landscape approach to climate-smart cocoa and forest protection, and discuss how this case can be applied in other countries and commodities.

Whether you are a student of the environment and development, or simply a lover of chocolate this event aims to spark a rich discussion about how one of the world’s most important global commodities can be produced sustainably and foster local to global benefits.