PUR Projet started activities in Côte d’Ivoire in 2018, with the following objectives:
- Regenerate the degraded ecosystems of Côte d’Ivoire and preserve its natural resources.
- Improve the living conditions of local producers and communities by increasing their revenues and strengthening their resilience to climate change.
- Build Sustainable and Resilient systems.
The different projects conducted by PUR Projet in the region build upon and align with the pre-competitive Cocoa and Forests Initiative and focus greatly on in-farm reforestation (including critical land-tenure support), community-run conservation trough awareness raising and improved cookstoves as well as income generating activities such as beekeeping, diversified agroforestry models, and fish breeding.
The project was extended to Ghana in 2020, where similar challenges have been observed and where there is a strong motivation from the producing communities.
CONTEXT IN COTE D’IVOIRE
Cocoa is a key driver of deforestation in Côte D’Ivoire. Each year, approximately 150 000 hectares of forest are lost due to cocoa expansion. Before 2014, the prevailing Forest Law was creating real and perceived disincentives for producers to install trees. The last version of the Forest Code provides a pathway for Rural Domain Producers, clarify the rights on naturally occurring and planted trees, and recognize customary rights.
In addition, cocoa producers in Côte d’Ivoire earn as little as 54 cents/day. Unstable cocoa prices have contributed to farmer poverty. Meanwhile, dependence on a monoculture of cocoa has contributed to unstable incomes and increased food insecurity.
CONTEXT IN GHANA
Between 1990 and 2005, Ghana lost nearly 2 million hectares of forest, equivalent to 25% of its total tree cover. In 2018, Ghana was identified as the country with the most alarming deforestation rate, with a 60% increase from 2017 rates. Similar to the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, farmers have faced strong disincentives to maintain trees on their parcels. Their low incomes drive further agricultural expansion into forests.
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerCocoa cooperatives & Empow'her
Achievements330.259 Trees planted, 3.473 Hectares restored