Ghana Cocoa

Momentum is building to address major concerns – from environmental degradation to widespread poverty and child labor – which have hindered sustainability in the Ghanaian cocoa industry. Across the industry, from traders and chocolatiers to governments, cocoa stakeholders are signing on to global commitments for positive change.

The challenges are enormous and involve improving coordination among stakeholders, while creating an enabling governance environment, and empowering communities with new skills and a chance to earn a decent livelihood. Managed sustainably, cocoa production has the potential to become a powerful engine for rural development in Ghana.

But, there is a long way to go before this commodity can provide sustainable livelihoods for the farming families of today and tomorrow. Innovation, developed through partnerships, will be an important driver for such lasting change.

Since 2013, we have been partnering with one of the world’s largest chocolate companies, Mondelez International, the Ghana Cocoa Board, national and local government bodies, and communities. Working in cocoa producing areas, our partnerships focuses on creating the conditions needed for farmers to adopt sustainable production practices, while also conserving natural habitats and resources in four key ways. These are: promoting good agricultral practices; strengthening farmer training systems; empowering communities; and partnerships to adress deforestation.


In-Country Team

Ayirebi Frimpong, Environment Focal Point:

Paolo Dalla Stella, Specialist:

Kwame Kusi-Wiredu Asumadu, Forestry Specialist:  

The Latest


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Mondelez-Cocoa Life are playing a significant role in the Ghanaian Cocoa sector by contributing to enhance the capacity of Extension workers on sustainable environmental practices.

Posted on June 23, 2016


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Solidaridad West Africa has organized a consultative workshop for stakeholders in the Forestry and Cocoa sectors in Ghana.

Posted on May 11, 2016

Cocoa farmers in Ghana can now turn to sustainable, climate smart farming practices to boost cocoa production in the country, thanks to their increased understanding of its benefits. Cocoa, which is the main source of income for more than 800,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, is also a major foreign exchange earner for the country.

Posted on January 19, 2015