In a context where producing governments and private sector actors have made numerous commitments to eliminate cocoa-related deforestation and improve livelihoods, the need for a technical as well as practical guide for supporting the efforts of private and public sector to improve the adoption of agroforestry practices became evident. A study was designed and conducted in tandem with the Cocoa & Forest Knowledge Exchange program – a ten-month Exchange program between stakeholders from six cocoaproducing countries (Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Colombia, Ghana, Peru, and the Dominican Republic) aimed at sharing experiences and building solutions for sustainable cocoa.
The resulting guide assesses existing agroforestry models being implemented globally. It focuses on their financial viability and the technical capacity needed for their implementation. It also considers the tension between environmental and economic costs and benefits and the actors’ interest within the value chain, including the private sector. Furthermore, the guide displays viable agroforestry business models, with clear cases and descriptions as well as technical, carbon and economic simulations based on the model’s key parameters.