It is envisioned that the final result of the stakeholder engagement would supply adequate basis for acquiring an acceptable cocoa land tenure and possession protection that would promote a sustainable cocoa marketplace in Ghana.
Tenant cocoa farmers and the land committee of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Council in Western North Region, have for the first time met to develop consensus more than provisions in a proposed lease arrangement that has created controversy in between the two get-togethers.
The lease agreement is an integral element of attempts to create sustainable cocoa land tenure and possession stability.
Tenant cocoa farmers, who are primarily non-natives, resisted moves by the traditional council to put into practice a new land lease settlement devoid of their consent. The dispute slowed down attempts in direction of cocoa rehabilitation and intensification endeavours in the Sefwi Wiawso Regular Location, which contributes the maximum manufacturing to Ghana’s cocoa industry – the bedrock of the country’s economic system.
In 2016, the Advocacy for Change venture, carried out by Solidaridad West Africa with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stepped in to facilitate open up discussion among the the functions and other stakeholders to uncover mutually agreed alternatives for the recurring standoff that dates to the 1960s.
The challenge seeks to engage national and area amount cocoa actors to focus on and create consensus on plan and regulatory framework for boosting specifications that guidance adoption of sustainability interventions in cocoa landscape. The project aims to convey clarity to on-farm tree possession, land tenure, obtain and ownership security to enable farmers make investments in prolonged-term sustainable land-use techniques that ensure environmental protection and gender mainstreaming.
“It has been complicated bringing the two get-togethers collectively for a dialogue”, suggests Eric Agyare, Coordinator for the Advocacy for Adjust project”.
“First, we had to deal with suspicions and the unwillingness of the two parties to change positions and accommodate every other,” he added.
Solidaridad West Africa supported equally get-togethers with intensive capability developing on lawful and governance perspectives on cocoa land tenure and ownership safety and the need for land documentation. This clarity contributed to the parties’ agreeing to participate in the renegotiation of the land lease arrangement.
Tensions have reduced and stakeholders are now keen to have interaction and shift positions towards finding lasting remedy on land documentation and possession.
“We take into consideration today’s roundtable meeting a main achievement supplied the contestations that confronted us. We respect the facilitation by Solidaridad West Africa that has resulted in this end result,” states Nana Agyei, President of the Sefwi Wiawso Settler/Tenant Farmers’ Association.
“As landowners, we are pleased with the consequence of the stakeholder engagement so considerably. The Solidaridad intervention has assisted us to move from our entrenched place to 1 of consensus,” noted Nana Kwao Asante Bediatuo, Chairman of the Land Committee of the Sefwi Wiawso Standard Council.
It is anticipated that the result of the stakeholder engagement would give suitable basis for producing an ideal cocoa land tenure and ownership stability that would advertise a sustainable cocoa business in Ghana.
The Advocacy for Modify job is also expected to contribute to minimise contestations and promote very good connection concerning landowners and settler farmers.
This will develop an enabling setting that drives major weather improve and cocoa sustainability interventions in the Sefwi Wiawso Common Spot, with the chance of scaling up to other cocoa farming areas.
It also enhances latest nationwide attempts to incentivise landowners and cocoa farmers in the Western North area to rehabilitate cocoa farms.