Organisation: CDO River Basin Management Council

Cycle: 2017 International

Type: Climate adaptation

Sector: Land use

Status: Shortlisted

Stage: Pilot ready

The proposal on “A Gram of Cocoa for A Gram of Soil” is a rehabilitation project of eroded sloping areas through agro-forestry. The goal is to incorporate cacao plantations into the reforestation program in the Philippines with native and endemic forest trees along degraded eroding slopes. The product is a premium cacao that is of high quality that provides a service to the environment through reforestation. The scheme provides income to the vulnerable and small-scale farmer growers, as well as providing safety from flooding to downstream communities. It is a value-added product with that provides profit to the farmers and protection to the people in the landscape. This is a local effort contributing to the global Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, to Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and Goal 15: Life on Land.

The strategy is to combine reforestation and agro-forestry, thus putting premium on the cacao seedlings produced. Cacao seedlings will be planted to generate income for locals intercropping with indigenous and endemic forest tree species. On a per hectare scale, 600 cacao seedlings will be planted with 750 indigenous trees. The priority areas are highly critical, eroded sloping areas in the landscape.

Each parcel of land that is eligible for reforestation will have incorporated cacao seedlings provided by KFI. The farmers will provide the planting materials for the native species (through chamber incubation of endemic and indigenous wildlings). With the National Greening Program (NGP, reforestation program of the Philippines) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the project will seek partnership so farmers can be provided with seedlings/wildlings of the indigenous tree species and assisted technically.