Cocoa is not everything
African agriculture is under significant threat from global environmental change. Although the region emits just 3% of the world’s greenhouse gases, it will be affected more gravely than anywhere else, by even the smallest rise in global temperatures. One of Africa’s agricultural sectors under highest threat from climate change is the food and cash crop sector. International climate scientists expect that bythe year 2050, African crop production will decrease by as much as 22% because of climate variability and change. Food and cash crop productivity will be mired by increasingly truncated growing seasons, erratic rains,recurrent droughts, heat stress, and dry, as well as low-fertility, soils. Variability in temperatures might also affect the proliferation and spread of invasive pests and crop diseases, with devastating impacts on yields, food prices, and food security.
There is ample evidence suggesting that a substantial part of the potential yield loss could be averted by using innovative, resource- conserving, and pro environmental farming techniques, including no-till farming, crop-livestock integration, agroforestry,
intercropping, and other conservation agricultural practices. We focus on one of these practices: agroforestry. Broadly, agroforestry is defined as “any practice to purposefully grow trees together with crops, or animals for a variety of benefits and services”. As a resource-conserving practice, agroforestry diversifies agricultural systems and provides both economic and ecological benefits As a type of agro ecosystem, agroforestry contributes to pest control, nitrogen fixation, enhanced soil stability, and microclimate modifications. Moreover, agroforestry has one of the greatest carbon sequestration potentials across land use types, through enhanced fine root production, rhizo- deposition, and woody tissue carbon storage. Thus, trees on farms simultaneously support both above- and below ground ecosystem services, making agroforestry not only a major form of climate adaptation, but also a mitigation strategy.
The Murnau House
Competence Center of Excellence
As a sign of long-term cooperation within the Murnau-Atwima development partnership, Nana commissioned the construction of the Murnau house. It not only serves to accommodate the partners from Germany, but rather an educational and development center. The aim of these rooms is to create opportunities for students, graduates and professionals in the field of organic agriculture to carry out their studies and further training
Already started studies in collaboration with Forest Service Division of Forestry Commission and experts from Bobiri Forest National park AshanTree analyze the best tree species.
This trees are the perfect combination with organic agriculture and a high carbon absorption.