09 October 2023 Ghana

Beekeepers’ Association in the Western North Region Elect Regional Executives

Beekeeping and honey processing have become one of the most viable green businesses in the Sefwi Wiawso-Juaboso Bia (SWJB) landscape. Notwithstanding its vital role in supporting livelihoods and the local economy, the system lacks effective coordination, hence the need to structure, formalize, and ensure effective operationalization of the business within the landscape and the region at large.

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06 July 2023 Ghana

Female cocoa farmers challenge Ghanaian tree tenure law

A law in Ghana stipulates that all naturally growing trees are owned by the state. In 2022, female cocoa farmers collaborated with Tropenbos Ghana to draw attention to the adverse effects of this law on their livelihoods.

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05 July 2023 Ghana

Environmental clubs formed, adopted in 15 schools to develop youth capacity in climate change

The past few years have not only witnessed unpredictable changes in climatic elements but also marked variations in weather scenarios particularly in Ghana’s multi-functional cocoa-forest landscape. This mostly driven by irresponsible practices including illegal farming, illegal logging and unsustainable mining. This is more evident in climate change effects on livelihoods, and main economic activities including cocoa production and the environment in general.

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04 July 2023 Ghana

Building Critical Masses for Beekeepers and Honey Processors Business Case in the Sefwi Wiawso Juaboso Bia Landscape

Beekeeping and honey processing have been identified as viable green business ventures in the Sefwi Wiawso Juaboso Bia landscape. These activities play a significant role in supporting local livelihoods and economy. Despite this, there is a lack of coordinated effort and network to create an aggregation force among players in the field.

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03 July 2023 Ghana

Learning about cocoa: Exchange between Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

On 15 February 2023, after a 20-hour journey, a team consisting of staff from Tropenbos Democratic Republic of Congo, community leaders and a representative of a cocoa buyer, arrived at the airport in Accra. They were welcomed by Tropenbos Ghana, who invited them for a 10-day visit to learn about cocoa sector in Ghana. The visit provided a great opportunity for learning and exchange within the Tropenbos International network. At the end of the learning visit, the team from DRC shared their observations about the impact of cocoa production on landscapes and important lessons for cocoa in DRC.

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09 June 2023 Ghana

Media Statement: Tropenbos Ghana urges government to equally commit to, and support other national strategic options aimed at reforestation/afforestation

The past few decades have witnessed a decline in forest and tree cover in Ghana. Particularly within the last two decades, the country has experienced a net change of -573ha (-5.1%) in forest cover; twice higher than global average of -2.4% within the same period. The high rate of deforestation has led to habitat loss and species extinction, and soil degradation resulting in low/poor crop yield. Deforestation and forest degradation is also contributing to climate change effects and destabilizing water cycle leading to disappearance of local streams, frequent weather and climatic variability including droughts, interruptions of frequency and intensity of rains resulting into farm floods. The country’s loss in forest cover is mainly driven by illegal logging, illegal farming, illegal/unsustainable mining, wildfires, etc.

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