15 December 2014 Ghana

Artisanal Millers face challenges

Investment costs for purchasing legal logs, irregular supply from concession holders and competition from illegal chainsaw milling activities are the three major challenges confronting artisanal millers piloting the artisanal milling concept in the Akrodie and Sankore communities of the Goaso Forest District.

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03 December 2014 Ghana

Projects on “Sustainable cocoa production in Ghana related to forests” (2014)

Ghana is the world’s second producer of cocoa but the productivity and quality of cocoa and farming systems are decreasing. Producers and others involved in the cocoa commodity chain are concerned about the future of cocoa supplies given the uncertainty on the quality and quantity of cocoa. Cocoa farmers are concerned about their income because of the decreasing yields and the fluctuating price of cocoa on the world market. And biodiversity is at stake due to expansion of the cocoa area at the cost of remaining forests and the removal of trees from farms. On the positive side, Ghana’s government has the intention to prevent further forest conversion to cocoa farming, the intention is to intensify cocoa production while restoring forest cover.

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01 December 2014 Ghana

Experimental Agro-forestry Plot Yields 10 Mini Bags of Rice

Reformed Chainsaw Operators now engaged in agroforestry have reaped a total of ten (10) mini bags of rice from a one acre experimental plot established to assess the viability of the agroforestry project being promoted as an alternative livelihood for former chainsaw operators by Tropenbos International (TBI) Ghana.

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16 October 2014 Ghana

Unfair competition of illegally produced timber causes legal artisanal mills to operate at a loss

Artisanal milling has been introduced in Ghana as an alternative to illegal chainsaw milling that supplies more than 80% of the domestic timber market demand. Analysis of the economic feasibility of artisanal milling shows that legal timber production for the domestic market in Ghana cannot be profitable given the unfair competition of illegally produced timber.

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16 September 2014 Ghana

EU Team visits reforestation activities at Supon Forest Reserve, Ghana

On August 6th the Breman-Anwiam Artisanal Milling Association had the opportunity to show their newly established plantation to a delegation from the EU. Mr. Ignacio Burol and Mr. Herve DelSol from the EU-delegation in Accra were very impressed with the achievement of the Association in replanting Ghana’s degraded forests and pledged EU’s support in combating deforestation and forest degradation in Ghana.

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01 September 2014 Ghana

Smallholder plantations to promote afforestation in off-reserve areas in Ghana

In order for smallholder forest plantations in Ghana to be successful, incentives for managing secondary forests are needed, as well as an increased knowledge in marketing constraints, pests and disease management, the role of trees and a better definition of ownership of trees on farms. These were some of the conclusions withdrawn from the discussions during the inception workshop of the Landscape Restoration Project, organized by Tropenbos International on August 5, 2014 in Kumasi, Ghana.

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