ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CHALLENGES TO SCALING UP SUSTAINABLE COCOA PRODUCTION IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE - executive summary

Agroforestry can play a key role in addressing the critical situation of Ivorian forests. It would also ensure the future of cocoa farming, a key sector of the country’s economy. To that end, a national agroforestry definition including quantitative elements is needed to guide investments consistently with national policy objectives. It would also harmonise socioeconomic and environmental objectives. 

This study highlights several elements that can guide the development of this definition. The latter should consider the factors that influence cocoa yields in the arbitration between environmental and economic costs and benefits for the different actors in the cocoa value chain. 

The transition towards agroforestry can lead to a shortfall of several years. Given the plantation owners’ lack of savings, compensation mechanisms for this shortfall in the first years of transition must be formulated. The diversification of smallholder income in the medium term through the introduction of agroforestry systems represents an opportunity to improve his/her standard of living and protect against the fluctuation of cocoa prices in monoculture.

 

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