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CASSAVA STARCH TO BEER: Transforming agricultural practice in Ghana by applying the Natural Capital Protocol

July 13, 2016 |

Altus ImpactIt is estimated the tropical west African country of Ghana has 15 years of forest remaining, if the current deforestation rate of 2% per annum continues unabated. The agricultural sector is the main driver of this deforestation, which is accelerating through the more widespread adoption of ‘European-style’ monoculture farming practices. Such practices are poorly suited to tropical soils and climate, where heavy equatorial rains cause large fluctuations in run-off and erosion. Cassava is a key agricultural product in Ghana, for which demand is growing fast. Latent demand for processed cassava is estimated to be 1.6 million metric tonnes (t) by 2020, while the current supply is limited to only 39,000t. With Ghanian forests already under intense pressure, this growth in demand cannot be sustainably managed without a change in dominant agricultural practice.

Download the report here: Altus Impact Oko Forests Case Study

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