Climate Smart Cocoa Systems for Ghana (CLIMCOCOA)

Background: Cocoa is the third largest export commodity of Ghana and represents the most important source of revenue for many small-scale farmers. Climate change in the form of higher temperatures and reduced rainfall is expected to adversely affect cocoa productivity and reduce the area suitable for cocoa cultivation in Ghana. Although this is likely to have major effects on the local and national economy, the magnitude and underlying mechanisms of this impact are not well understood.

The CLIMCOCOA project aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of climate change on the socio-biophysical bases of cocoa systems in Ghana, and to assess the role of agroforestry as a model for climate smart agriculture in Ghana. The project applies a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of the socio-economic and biophysical limitations and options for cocoa cultivation under a changed climate, and to assess institutional and socioeconomic factors that favour or limit farmers’ adoption of innovative management options. Ultimately the goal is to assure a future for cocoa farmers in Ghana and other cocoa producing countries in West Africa.

The CLIMCOCOA project comprises a range of institutions, including the University of Ghana, Legon; The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); The University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University, Denmark.

Goal: The objective of CLIMCOCOA is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of climate change on cocoa production systems in Ghana and assess the role of agroforestry as a model for climate smart agriculture. The project includes ecophysiological studies, farm evaluations and investigations of socio-economic and institutional aspects.


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