Fighting deforestation in Gabon thanks to cocoa grown in the shade
Brainforest in collaboration with Man & Nature de Noé
Duration of the partnership
The forests of Gabon, which are part of the 3rd largest tropical forest basin in the world, are under threat. Many human activities (farming, animal breeding, forestry) are responsible for deforestation and are exposing the local populations, which are seeing their food resources disappear along with the forests. To protect the forests, the challenge is to help local populations live from the resources provided by their forests without having to destroy them.
In the post-independence years, cocoa farming was one of the main occupations of the population of Minvoul, where the project is based. Today, the large majority of planters has abandoned this crop which used to be the pride of the populations of northern Gabon.
The Brainforest association’s project involves helping women to collect non-ligneous forest products and relaunch cocoa farming in Minvoul, whilst also contributing to fighting deforestation.
To do this, the association’s project is based on three main activities:
– Restoring the basin’s forests through the creation of shaded agroforestry plantations via the association of cocoa trees and forest trees.
– Strengthening the capacities of 25 farmers in terms of good farming practices and commercial management in order to increase their autonomy.
– Diversifying sales with non-ligneous forest products so that the communities are not dependent solely on cocoa.
The project’s direct beneficiaries are 25 people from 8 villages gathered together in 4 agricultural cooperatives.
Thanks to the project, the communities are able to ensure their financial independence and preserve biodiversity and the natural resources of economic value, such as cocoa and forest trees, for future generations.
Brainforest provides technical support to the community’s farmers as well as the means to increase their ability to manage the community forest and set up the sustainable management of their economic resources.