trees planted


In partnership with their Swiss buyer Chocolats Halba, some groups of producers decided to develop agroforestry systems adapted to their cocoa plantations. The aim is to recreate and maintain soils fertility. Indeed, while meeting producers’ needs, agroforestry systems make it possible to avoid the exhaustion of fragile soils.

In Ghana, cocoa beans are grown mostly in monoculture. Unfortunately, decades of this monoculture have leached the soils. In 2011, the cooperative initiated a planting program in the Kumasi region in order to support farmers to develop sustainable agroforestry systems, as more productive and responsive to their cocoa plantations.


Kumasai region, Ghana


Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

Kuapa Kokoo cooperative


5,000 fair trade cocoa small-scale farmers


137,254 planted trees

supply chain


Local partner

The Kuapa Kokoo cooperative was established in 1993 during the liberalization of Ghana’s domestic cocoa market. The cooperative was the first to achieve Fairtrade certification in 1995. It is directly managed by the farmers, who organize the collection of beans, payments, product marketing and contribute to development of local communities.

Plantation models

Species planted

Empire - Terminalia ivorensis

Empire – Terminalia ivorensis

Mahogany - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany – Khaya ivorensis

Mansonia - Mansonia ultissima

Mansonia – Mansonia ultissima

Ofram - Terminalia superb

Ofram – Terminalia superb

More information


The Kuapa Kokoo cooperative brings 60,000 cocoa smallholder spread throughout the Ghanaian area of cocoa production. 21 villages participated in the plantations in 2011 and 2012. The farmers who are involved in the project live in villages or small hamlets alongside the cocoa plantations. The average farm size is relatively small: 2 ha on average with a majority of less than 1 ha plantations.