Can Trees Save our Chocolate from Climate Change? Socioeconomic and Sociobiophysical Dimensions of Cocoa-Agroforestry in Ghana

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Africa Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 6:25 AM / 7:40 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 14
Organizers: Mette Olwig, Kwadwo Owusu
Chairs: Mette Olwig

Description

Cocoa is one of the most important cash crops in many tropical countries, providing a livelihood to millions of farmers. However, it is threatened by climate change, making the future for cocoa cultivation and thereby chocolate production uncertain. Sensitive to drought and high temperatures, the area under cocoa cultivation is predicted to decrease substantially. This means rising prices for consumers and dire consequences for the farmers.

This paper session is multidisciplinary and will cover biophysical as well as socioeconomic aspects of the impacts of and responses to climate change in the cocoa sector, focusing in particular on agroforestry. Themes covered include pests and diseases, eco-physiological processes, farmers’ perceptions and strategies, costs versus benefits, and the larger context of the cocoa industry.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Mette Olwig*, Roskilde University, A matter of time horizon: Cocoa farmers and agroforestry in a changing climate 15 6:25 AM
Presenter Sylvester Boadi*, University of Ghana, Aske Skovmand Bosselmann, University of Copenhagen, Richard Asare, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Mette Fog Olwig, Roskilde University, Kwadwo Owusu, University of Ghana, Profitability and competitiveness of cocoa agroforestry systems in Ghana 15 6:40 AM
Presenter Aske Bosselmann*, University of Copenhagen, Cocoa farm sustainability in the context of climate change and industry projects 15 6:55 AM
Presenter Bismark Kwesi Asitoakor*, Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana, Anders Ræbild, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Richard Asare, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ghana, Philippe Vaast, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, Vincent Yaw Eziah, Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana, Andrew Gordon Howe, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Hans Peter Ravn, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. University of Copenhagen, Exploring the potential of different shade tree species in influencing mirid infestation and black pod disease management in cocoa-agroforestry systems 15 7:10 AM
Presenter Eric Opoku Mensah*, University of Ghana, Anders Rabild, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Philippe Vaast, ICRAF, Richard Asare, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Christiana A. Amoatey, University of Ghana, Kwadwo Owusu, University of Ghana, Eco-physiological responses of cocoa plants under shade and heat stress in Southeastern Ghana 15 7:25 AM

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