Côte d’Ivoire

  • Côte d'Ivoire was once covered with forest, but has lost more than 70% of its forest cover since 1960, largely due to the cocoa industry. An amazing opportunity exists to bring trees back to cocoa farms to create agroforestry, a sustainable farming practice that will support both the environment and local cocoa farmers. Restoring these cocoa regions to better ecological health will have a direct impact on soil quality to prevent erosion, will provide habitat for biodiversity, improve air quality and climate, and benefit women smallholder farmers to support gender equality 🌱
  • By the end of three years, ecological benefits will include carbon sequestration, soil fertility enhancement, nutrient cycling, creation of soils, refuge for biodiversity, water and air quality improvement, flood and erosion control (tree roots hold soil in place), fruits, poles, timber and fuel from pruning, pollination, natural pest control, climate regulation, moderation of natural phenomena like extreme heat or rain. 

    Community benefits include forest and tree products and services, more stable and productive farms, improved nutrition, emergent new income streams. The project will be looking at two additional income-generating activities (on top of cocoa trade) for cocoa farmers. We anticipate that this project will create at least 300 jobs for women and young people during the project!
  • Côte d'Ivoire Tree CertificateA personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Côte d’Ivoire project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • The project will largely follow the CCC’s recommended list of trees for cocoa agroforestry and its three strata model. The tree species range from slower to faster-growing and fall into three strata. The first stratum will consist of cocoa, exotic fruit species - soursop, avocado, and mango - and indigenous and exotic N-fixing trees. The middle stratum will consist of indigenous fruit trees such as Akpi, Bitté, and Kplé. The topmost stratum will consist of Fraké, Framiré, Makaoré, Niangon, and Iroko.

DEFORESTATION IN Côte d'Ivoire

Map of deforestation in Ghana


Cocoa production has been the main driver of deforestation in CDI, with cocoa farms emerging from forest land. This has created severe environmental and also production challenges. The cocoa is grown in “full sun” and is shorter lived than shaded cocoa; the land degrades, necessitating the farmers to move further into the remaining forest in search of fertile soil. Today, however, the government and cocoa industry recognize the critical value of reversing this situation. Bringing trees back onto cocoa farms has become a high priority, with the caveat that the species planted need to be compatible with cocoa and not a host for disease.

Restoring cocoa regions to better ecological health has become an imperative recognized by the government, international agencies and private companies operating in CDI. In a particularly significant move, after some years of uncertainty, in 2019 the government’s Conseil du Café-Cacao (CCC) emerged to definitively support cocoa agroforestry in CDI.

WHY PLANT TREES?

Kids planting trees in Ghana

EMPOWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Planting shade-dependent cacao provides a sustainable, diversified path to economic success and independence for local communities,

Forest in Ghana

Stabilize climate

Forests are an essential part of our planet’s carbon and water cycles. A fully grown tree can release hundreds of litres of water in one day! Healthy trees absorb carbon dioxide and keep climate stable.

Tree seedling in Ghana

Restore Soil Health

Trees improve soil health by protecting it from wind and rain, absorbing water, and building stability with their root structures,

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