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The charcoal enterprise in Ghana has for decades provided the bulk of energy needs of majority of households and serves as the livelihood base for scores of people especially in areas endowed with trees suitable for charcoal production. Though charcoal is accessible to a large number of households, it is characterized by poor harvesting and processing practices. Its high consumption is largely attributed to population growth, poverty, and urbanization. The poor practices associated with charcoal production have significantly contributed to deforestation and forest degradation especially in Ghana’s transition and savannah zones.
Farmers in the poorer areas of the world are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The international community is expected to step up efforts to help them adapt to the new circumstances. TBI stresses that such interventions will need to be designed based on a profound understanding of local perceptions and needs.
Ordinarily, engagements within the cocoa sector especially in the community have been male-dominated. However, women along the cocoa value chain, specifically women cocoa farmers are capable of enhancing climate-smart cocoa production and sustainability if given the right resources including access to real-time information and capacity development. Under the Green Livelihoods Alliance Programme II (GLA 2), Tropenbos Ghana strengthened the capacity of eighty-two (82) women from various cocoa co-operatives across eleven (11) Cocoa Districts in the Western North Region of Ghana.
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