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21 April 2015 Ghana

Promoting Legal Livelihoods in Ghana

Providing alternatives to illegal chainsaw milling practices through the EU Chainsaw Milling Project. Illegal logging in Ghana is partly a problem of poverty. Changing the policy environment — especially enforcement to combat illegal logging — has proved to be important over the years, but needs to be complemented by offering alternative income opportunities to illegal activities to the rural poor in forest communities. The Chainsaw Milling Project, initiated by the Ghana Forestry Commission, the Forest Research Institute of Ghana and Tropenbos International, with funding from the European Commission, involves stakeholders in dialogue, information gathering and the development of alternatives to illegal and unsustainable chainsaw milling practices.

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16 February 2015 Ghana

Ghana’s charcoal commodity chain soon to receive more attention

The charcoal commodity chain in Ghana will soon receive a lot of attention through a collaborative effort between University of Copenhagen (UC) Denmark, University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Tropenbos International Ghana (TBI Ghana). This will happen because the Danish Government has given out and amount of USD1,415,000 for a new project titled - “Property, access and exclusion along the charcoal commodity chain in Ghana” simply called the AX project.

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15 December 2014 Ghana

Artisanal Millers face challenges

Investment costs for purchasing legal logs, irregular supply from concession holders and competition from illegal chainsaw milling activities are the three major challenges confronting artisanal millers piloting the artisanal milling concept in the Akrodie and Sankore communities of the Goaso Forest District.

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03 December 2014 Ghana

Projects on “Sustainable cocoa production in Ghana related to forests” (2014)

Ghana is the world’s second producer of cocoa but the productivity and quality of cocoa and farming systems are decreasing. Producers and others involved in the cocoa commodity chain are concerned about the future of cocoa supplies given the uncertainty on the quality and quantity of cocoa. Cocoa farmers are concerned about their income because of the decreasing yields and the fluctuating price of cocoa on the world market. And biodiversity is at stake due to expansion of the cocoa area at the cost of remaining forests and the removal of trees from farms. On the positive side, Ghana’s government has the intention to prevent further forest conversion to cocoa farming, the intention is to intensify cocoa production while restoring forest cover.

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01 December 2014 Ghana

Experimental Agro-forestry Plot Yields 10 Mini Bags of Rice

Reformed Chainsaw Operators now engaged in agroforestry have reaped a total of ten (10) mini bags of rice from a one acre experimental plot established to assess the viability of the agroforestry project being promoted as an alternative livelihood for former chainsaw operators by Tropenbos International (TBI) Ghana.

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16 October 2014 Ghana

Unfair competition of illegally produced timber causes legal artisanal mills to operate at a loss

Artisanal milling has been introduced in Ghana as an alternative to illegal chainsaw milling that supplies more than 80% of the domestic timber market demand. Analysis of the economic feasibility of artisanal milling shows that legal timber production for the domestic market in Ghana cannot be profitable given the unfair competition of illegally produced timber.

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