NGO Mighty Earth has called on the chocolate industry to ‘up its game’ and make improvements to its efforts to stop deforestation, efforts that are coordinated largely through the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI).
Despite what it described as “laudable efforts,” deforestation linked to cocoa production in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire has increased – not decreased – said Mighty Earth.
Marking two years of the CFI, Mighty Earth published a white paper, ‘Cocoa and African Deforestation: Assessing the Cocoa and Forests Initiative in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire,’ that analyses what it says are the CFI’s shortcomings and provides suggestions for improvement.
While not a comprehensive evaluation, the paper aims to focus the attention of the leading players in the market and highlight the need for greater impact and the key steps needed to eradicate the destruction of forests in West Africa.
“In the months and years ahead, we believe that the world must bring increased focus to sustainable supply chains in the agricultural sector,” said Mighty Earth. “We hope that cocoa will lead the way by ending deforestation in practice rather than on paper, and by embracing agroforestry to ‘regreen’ devastated landscapes.”