2013 – 2016
The EU REDD Facility supported the work of the National REDD+ Secretariat in Côte d’Ivoire to develop a strategy for engaging effectively with the agricultural sector and private actors. The innovative project engaged national commodity producer associations in discussions on decoupling deforestation and production of commodities.
Through roundtables that gathered stakeholders in supply chains for cocoa, rice, palm oil and rubber, and participatory cost-benefit analyses of business-as-usual and deforestation-free scenarios, the project sought to gain interest and buy-in from the private sector in green commodities.
The overall objective of the pilot project was to assist the National REDD+ Secretariat to develop a roadmap to decouple agricultural production and deforestation by engaging with private-sector stakeholders involved in commodity supply chains that drive deforestation. Gaining interest and buy-in from the private sector in forest-friendly green production was a first step in developing the roadmap.
Deforestation driven by commodity production, in particular cocoa production, has led to the loss of most of the natural forests in Côte d’Ivoire. REDD+ incentives alone are unlikely to make a difference given the profitable returns from commercial agriculture. Engaging the private agricultural sector on green commodities is essential to have an effect on decoupling agricultural production and deforestation.
Technical team grafting cocoa trees in a demo-plot, Côte d’Ivoire
The project approach was to:
Papaya plantation in Côte d’Ivoire.