Overview Project Ghana Felchlin – Expansion of organic and fair trade cocoa in Ghana
- Ghana is the second-largest cocoa producer and – especially since the political unrest in Côte d’Ivoire – a key country for satisfying the growing global demand for cocoa. However, the expansion of cocoa production in Ghana is associated with many problems related to sustainability: The expansion is expected to take place mainly in the newer plantation areas in western Ghana, where high-tech, input-intensive cocoa production without shade trees predominates.
- Productivity increases are seen as the main pillar for this goal, although this may mean a burden on the environment and people with agrochemicals. Use of obsolete and highly toxic pesticides and corresponding contamination. Furthermore, the omnipresent problems of deforestation and working conditions are also of great importance for the Ghanaian cocoa industry.
- The aim of the project was to increase organic and fair trade production and to link it to the Swiss market.