Cocoa from peasant and Indigenous families – a way to fight climate change
This climate resilience case study (No.1) from Bolivia is the first of ten case studies prepared by forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) for the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF). It describes the actions of the Federation of Agroecological Producers and Collectors of Cocoa in Cochabamba (FEDPRACAO CBBA) to find nature-based solutions (NbS) that give climate resilience.
Bolivia has 50 million hectares of forest, the vast majority in the Amazon region. Climate change is bringing extreme weather events. Destructive wet season floods damage farms and increase fungal diseases on main cash crops such as Cocoa. Intense dry season fires destroy both crops and forests (damaging 3.62 million hectares of forest in 2019). In Cochabamba, FEDPRACAO CBBA has been helping its members adapt. Its climate resilience plan based around shade-grown Indigenous and plantation cocoa is being rolled out to diversify climate-smart agroforestry systems. The case study shows how organisational innovations from local, to provincial to national levels can render many diverse smallholdings both profitable and climate resilient.