What's at Stake
West and Central Africa have strong rural economies set within some of the world's largest forest expanses. The Congo Basin spans eight countries, contains the world's second largest contiguous forest, and boasts abundant biodiversity and natural resources. It also provides food, water, and shelter to some 75 million people.
Sustainable agriculture and community forestry are powerful strategies for conserving the abundance of natural resources in West and Central Africa. In addition to our work to conserve the forests of the Congo Basin, we partner with farming communities to build climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture landscapes.
All resources for West & Central Africa
Central Africa contains the second largest expanse of contiguous moist tropical forest of the world. It represents 70 percent of the African continent’s forest cover and constitutes a large portion of Africa’s biodiversity.
In the Congo Basin, forests are home to roughly 30 million people and support livelihoods for over 75 million people from more than 150 ethnic groups. In all of the six countries, forestry is a major economic sector, providing jobs and local subsistence from timber and...[Read more...]
Project Profile: Achieving Conservation and Improving Livelihoods through the Sustainable Management of Community-Based Forest Operations in Cameroon
Thanks to the exceptional richness of its forest ecosystems, Cameroon occupies the fifth rank in Africa in terms of biodiversity.
Although overall deforestation rates in the region are still lower than those in parts of the Amazon and southeast Asia, they have accelerated over the past few years, driven by the establishment of large-scale agricultural and mining operations. With the aid of government agencies, large firms have been seizing swaths of land in forested areas that were traditionally...[Read more...]
Deforestation in the tropics is a significant cause of global climate change (Murdiyarso, Hergoualc’h and Verchot 2010). Where land conversion is fueled by commodity agriculture, it is imperative to
Towards Productive Landscapes: A Landscape Approach to Climate-Smart Agriculture in Ghana
More than120,000 cocoa farms in 11 countries have achieved Rainforest Alliance certification, covering an area of nearly 500,000 hectares (1.24 million acres), and with recent commitments by Unilever,
Rainforest Alliance Certification on Cocoa Farms in Côte d’Ivoire