The Forestry Commission of Ghana has adopted forest plantations as a strategy to ensure landscape restoration, enhance environmental quality and develop a sustainable resource base to satisfy future timber demands. One of the reforestation programmes is the modified taungya system (MTS); a co-management system between the Forestry Commission and smallholder farmers that allows intercropping of timber and food crops. It entitles farmers to 100% of the food produce and a 40% share in the timber revenues in return for their contribution to tree planting, maintenance and protection. Readmore.
The project is titled “Improving smallholders’ food and income security by introducing non-timber forest products in reforestation schemes and tree-crop farms: A collaborative learning process in Ghana”. It is a three year project running from 2016 – 2019 and officially started in mid-January 2016.
Overall objective: To enhance food and income security of MTS farmers and tree farmers in off-reserve areas after canopy closure.
Main research question: How can farmers’ year-round food and income security be improved after canopy closure through the integration of non-timber forest products in their tree farms
Specific objective:To generate knowledge and build capacity that enables the integration and production of shade-tolerant NTFPs (black pepper, grains of paradise and honey) in on- and off-reserve tree farms and their successful processing and marketing.