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Sweetening the Deal for Shade-Grown Cocoa: A Preliminary Review of Constraints and Feasibility of ‘Cocoa Carbon’ in Ghana

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The ‘win-win’ potential of cocoa carbon
A higher shade (from 30% canopy cover) cocoa farm with improved cocoa management practices can be viewed as a sustainable agroforestry system which stores significant quantities of carbon on farm as shown by Box 1. Furthermore, by promoting intensification rather than expansion of cocoa areas, improved farming practices can potentially generate carbon benefits off-farm from Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). Carbon benefits there-fore have the potential to enhance the profitability of sustainable cocoa production in Ghana.

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