The Cocoa and Forests Initiative

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Cocoa may not be the most nutritious of agricultural products, but it has huge environmental and economic importance. Combined, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, produce approximately 70% of the world’s annual supply of cocoa, with Colombia responsible for an additional 1%. As signatories to the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, each country has entered into an active commitment with cocoa producing to end deforestation, and restore forest areas. Through country specific action framework companies and governments have pledged to eliminate illegal cocoa production in national parks, strengthen enforcement of national forest policies, and develop alternative livelihoods for affected farmers. This Initiative is an excellent example of how governments and companies, with support from international organisations, trade bodies and research organisations, can create active frameworks, action plans, and monitoring mechanisms to make positive changes in the approach to agricultural products

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