A sweet taste for forests

Case study

How a multi-player partnership is turning cocoa into a forest restoration driver for the Amazon.

The following case study explores how the Cocoa Agroforestry Restoration model is supporting Brazil in becoming a global leader in sustainable cocoa production.

In Pará, the most deforested state in the Brazilian Amazon, deforestation is mostly driven by cattle ranching. In the absence of good ranching practices, farmers are led to cut down forests to find fresh pastureland for their cattle to make sufficient profit.

Aiming to address the critical deforestation issue, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) – found an innovative solution in cocoa agroforestry. Shifting to cocoa agroforestry systems on degraded pastureland halts deforestation, actively restores degraded lands, and gives smallholders better livelihood opportunities.

Led by TNC, the partnership includes Mondelēz International, Olam Cocoa, local cooperatives and a private technical assistance company. 

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