Mondelēz commits $5m to help protect forests in Ghana
Mondelēz International has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Ghana Cocoa Board and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to help reduce emissions in its cocoa supply chain across Ghana.
Through ‘Cocoa Life’ – Mondelēz's sustainable cocoa sourcing programme – the company will take a leading role in implementing projects to deliver the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program (GCFRP), which aims at tackling deforestation and forest degradation.
Hubert Weber, executive vice president and president Europe at Mondelēz, comments: “Deforestation makes up the largest part of our carbon footprint, which is why it's so important for us to address this issue head on. Through this collaboration, we can be even more efficient in safeguarding the environment and helping cocoa farmers become resilient against climate change”.
He continues: “This partnership builds on Cocoa Life's ongoing forest protection efforts. It's an exciting new chapter in our work in Ghana and fits with the commitment we made by signing the Cocoa & Forests Initiative Framework for Action at COP23”.
As one of the largest cocoa-producing countries, Ghana supplies about 20% of the world's cocoa. According to the GCFRP, Ghana also has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa at 3.2% per annum. This is primarily due to unsustainable expansion of cocoa and other agricultural crops.
Mondelēz International is contributing $5 million (£3.6m) over five years to the GCFRP, which aims to significantly reduce the high rate of deforestation and forest degradation, as well as their associated greenhouse carbon emissions, from cocoa farming within Ghana's High Forest Zone.
Together with these partners, Mondelēz will execute an action plan that focuses on: mapping all land uses, including cocoa farms; implementing climate smart cocoa practices to increase yields and sustainability; improving access to finance to foster good practices by farmers and communities; legislative and policy reform to support program execution; and coordination and measurement, reporting and verification.