Brief Background

The governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire together with over thirty (30) cocoa and chocolate companies have committed to work together to end deforestation and promote forest protection and restoration in the cocoa supply chain. To achieve this hefty ambition, the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI) was initiated under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Whales in 2017. The CFI process has become the main medium through which private-sector and government are collaborating to achieve the commitments in the Joint Framework of Action (a set of commitments and how to achieve them), and is facilitated by Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). In order to realize the objective of CFI in addressing the challenges of cocoa deforestation, it is important that other stakeholders such as local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) and development partners contribute through a multi-stakeholder process.

The central problem the project therefore seeks to address is inadequate stakeholder participation in CFI implementation at both the national and landscape level. The project will also support in using participatory approaches to monitor CFI implementation at the landscape level. Lesson from FLEGT-VPA implementation in Ghana around illegal logging has shown that, when stakeholders collectively work together in addressing a problem, the result can be overwhelming. Using that as a learning process, the project aims at fostering good working relationship between local CSOs, CBOs, FBOs, cocoa farming communities and the CFI process to ensure that CFI implementation both at national and landscape level receive adequate participation and effective contribution from stakeholders.

This project is therefore aimed at supporting the CFI process in Ghana through two (2) main approaches:

  • by mobilizing civil society and farming communities to actively participate in CFI implementation at national and landscape level
  • by working with other partners to monitor implementation of CFI commitments both at national and landscape level.

Project Objectives

The main objective of the project is to ensure all relevant stakeholders are actively involved in CFI implementation at both the national and landscape levels. The specific objectives are:

  • To develop the capacity of civil society and local-level stakeholders to actively participate in CFI implementation activities at both the national and landscape level.
  • To undertake national and landscape level monitoring of CFI implementation against commitments made in JFA and NIP.

Expected Outcomes:

Outcome 1: Ghanaian actors are mobilized to effectively participate in CFI processes

  • Ghanaian NGOs mobilised and capacity built to effectively participate in CFI processes
  • Cocoa growing communities and FBOs mobilise to participate in CFI & other cocoa policy processes

Outcome 2: Ghanaian actors are monitoring CFI to help ensure commitments are kept

  • Monitor implementation of CFI commitments via ground-level studies – working with Licensed Buying Companies and communities to monitor no-deforestation sourcing
  • Principles of Accountability Framework initiative applied to assess the fulfilment of CFI commitments

Duration: January 2019 – December 2021

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