On Thursday April 1, in the village of Agou in Togo, 14 young farmers beneficiaries of the Agroforestry project of Morija received an endowment in agricultural equipment for the cultivation of cocoa, given by Morija’s partner, ADE (Avenir de l’Environnement).
The handing over of the equipment was followed by practical training on the establishment and management of new plots of cocoa plantations in an agroforestry system.
Deforestation is a major issue in Togo: from 2001 to 2020, the country lost 61,400 ha of plant cover, which is equivalent to an 11% decrease in plant cover since 2000, and 12.4Mt of CO₂ emissions . (source)
As a reminder, agroforestry makes it possible to cultivate cocoa while preserving forest ecosystems. The amount of pesticide used is drastically less than a conventional crop thanks to the nutrient supply of fertilizer trees which nourish and protect the soil and cocoa trees.