Sustainable agriculture which improves the lives of farmers and safeguards ecosystems.
Soubré is the largest cocoa-producing region in Côte d’Ivoire. About 40% of the cocoa in the country is grown there. The region has several protected areas threatened by agriculture, including Tai National Park in the west, Niégré Forest Reserve in the southeast, Rapid Grah Forest Reserve in the north and south, and Mont Kourabahi Forest Reserve. Due to poverty, these forests are threatened by cocoa farmers, who rely on the land for income.
Agriculture in the region is heavily dependent on small-scale farmers, who struggle with low productivity due to farming practices. Finding a balance between providing livelihoods for farmers and reducing pressure on forests is the main focus of our work in Soubré. We work in collaboration with a growing number of local and national stakeholders. The pillars of our work are smallholder resilience, regenerative agriculture, and the restoration and maintenance of degraded forests.
The Soubré Landscape is one of the key ecosystems where Earthworm Foundation works through its landscape approach.
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