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A cocoa plant. Without help, some 800,000 Ivorian smallholder farmers could suffer heavy production losses due to production and supply chain disruption. www.theexchange.africa

A new project by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Agroforestry Agency [ICRAF] I seeking to increase cocoa yields in the commodity’s producing countries.

Starting with the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire, the initiative is expected to bring relief to two Ivorian smallholder cocoa farmers’ communities in Soubre and Vavoua currently grappling with declining yields caused by climate change and worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Without help, some 800,000 Ivorian smallholder farmers, who produce the largest share of the world’s cocoa supply, could suffer heavy production losses due to production and supply chain disruption.

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“Our experience has proven that agroforestry practices, knowledge, and skills transfer enhance the sustainability of cocoa plantations and improve the resilience of smallholder farmers’ communities, particularly of women and youth,” said Christophe Kouame, ICRAF’s Director for Central and West Africa.

Côte d’Ivoire is …

The African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) has given the African climate-resilient a serious boost of $4.7 million to finance seven new project proposals.

According to African Development Bank (AfDB) press release, the project funding is parallel to its  2013 – 2022 strategy  and Climate Change Action Plan 2016 -2020, which are full of top-notch projects addressing climate change challenges.

In that context, AfDB highlighted that the projects on the table were fenced around collaboration with other key placers such as local Non-Governmental-Organizations (NGO’s) operating within the regions, the projects are as follows.

Syntropic agriculture as strategy to foster resilience, climate adaptation and recovery of vulnerable communities living in degraded marine and coastal ecosystems in Mozambique: This project will improve the environmental resilience and economic sustainability of smallholder families in Zambezia Province using scaled-up “gender-oriented eco-governance productive model”; it will be implemented by ICEI, a non-profit organization, and ORAM, …