Climate smart cocoa systems for Ghana (CLIMCOCOA)

Partner Institution(s): 
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ghana
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Roskilde University, Denmark
Start Date: 
June 1, 2016
End Date: 
November 30, 2020
Project Type: 
South driven projects
Project Code: 
Total grant: 
DKK 9,990,278
Contact : 
Kwadwo Owusu

Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) is the third highest export commodity of Ghana and
represents the most important source of revenue for numerous small scale farmers. Climate change (CC) in the form of higher temperatures and reduced rainfall is expected to adversely affect cocoa productivity and reduce the area suitable for cocoa cultivation in Ghana, but the extent and underlying mechanisms are not well understood. The CLIMCOCOA project aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of CC on the socio-biophysical bases of cocoa systems in Ghana, and assess the role of agroforestry (AF) as a model for climate smart agriculture in Ghana. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the socio-biophysical limitations and options for cocoa cultivation under CC, and to assess institutional and socio-economic factors that favor or limit adoption by farmers of innovative management options. The project is structured in 7 work packages (WPs). WPs 1, 2 and 3 provide a comprehensive and novel understanding of cocoa production under current and future climates, using 3 different approaches. WP1 studies historical yield and climate data at country/district level, WP2 assesses cocoa yield using on-farm studies over a climate gradient, and WP3 studies cocoa tree ecophysiology. Based on studies of livelihood and farming strategies and institutional mapping, WPs 4 and 5 investigate the socioeconomic and institutional factors influencing cocoa farmers’ ability to adapt to CC and adopt AF practices. WP6 is dedicated to capacity building activities and dissemination of results through journal articles, policy briefs, training sessions of trainers, local stakeholder seminars, and a dedicated website, targeting farmers, Government officials and researchers. WP7 is management and coordination.
CLIMCOCOA will enhance farmers’ capacity to be more resilient to CC impacts on cocoa in Ghana, and build capacities of local researchers to be able to apply state of the art modelling tools to assess CC impact.


First-year report
The project took off as scheduled in June 2016 with three PhD students enrolled at the University of Ghana. Ethical clearance for the study was sought and permission given for the project to start. Four meetings have been held with the partners, two in Accra and two in Denmark. The process to hire a Post-Doctoral candidate is almost completed with the expectation that the candidate will start in September 2017 to coincide with the beginning of the academic year at the UG. Besides a few delays in having the partnership agreements signed, the core team has developed a strong working relationship, which going forward will enhance our project.

The three PhD students are expected to sit their qualifying examination at the University of Ghana by October 2017. They will then spend three months at the University of Copenhagen from October to January and begin their field work in Ghana in January 2018.

This page was last modified on 01 September 2017

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