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Despite having discussed the social situation of cocoa farmers in numerous meetings for at least 20 years, cocoa production still causes many economic, human rights-related and ecological challenges in cocoa producing countries. Additionally, the discussion about illegal deforestation to enlarge cocoa plantations has intensified during the last years. This leads to the crucial question, how to reform the cocoa sector in a way that tackles all challenges.In this context, agroforestry production systems are often mentioned as a possible solution for different problems as for example ecological challenges, the increase of income or the diversification of income sources.However, many questions remain open: Is cocoa production in agroforestry production systems profitable with current cocoa prices? Which challenges does the introduction of the system face? Which political environment is needed to support a large-scale introduction of agroforestry systems?Aim of the conference was to discuss all these questions. As introduction, speakers illustrated fundamental questions concerning agroforestry systems. However the main focus of the conference was to create the chance for an exchange of experiences amongst different companies and organisations who already work with changed production systems.
(Friedel Hütz-Adams, 14 Seiten)