Generating cash in rural poor situations is challenging, especially when a main driver is to ensure environmental sustainability. Both the Association de la Protection de Grands Singes (APGS) and Tropical Forest-Rural Development (TF-RD) have been supporting several communities living around the Dja Biosphere Reserve as part of a joined up strategy for encouraging new, sustainable ways of living for rural communities. The attractiveness of cocoa farming is well established in the villages, and the project is looking to support increased production.
The process for this element of the project is as follows:
Workshops for income-generating alternative scheme
Registration process / encouragement / review
Agreements (individuals and village associations)
Discussions with experts (cocoa farming)
Production/launch of seed chains
Training/demonstrations, etc for cocoa farming capacity building
Monitoring and maintenance of cocoa farms
Technical support at all stages
Surveys/questionnaires for assessing against targets
This section will keep you updated on progress.