25 July 2016

Ghana’s second national workshop on sustainable palm oil


Ghana’s second national workshop on sustainable palm oil

The event is being organised by the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and Proforest.

It will bring together a wide range of stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and government to discuss the development of the APOI within Ghana and has a number of key objectives.

  • Review and validate national principles and actions governing the sustainable production of palm oil in Ghana.
  • Agree an implementation framework, including the establishment of a national multi-stakeholder palm oil platform to oversee implementation.
  • Reconstitution of the Ghana Country Core Team
  • Review how Ghana can contribute to the regional principles for responsible oil palm development across West and Central Africa. 

The Honorable Dr. Alhassan, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture will address the workshop, which will be chaired by renowned forestry expert, Professor J.G.K. Owusu. Other sessions will be led by Proforest’s regional director, Abraham Baffoe; Mr. Samuel Avaala, president of the Oil Palm Development Association of Ghana; Christian Mensah of Rainforest Alliance (RA) and a representative from the Partnership for Forests programme who will provide update on the programme's aim to catalyse investment to reduce deforestation.

The TFA 2020 is a public–private partnership that aims to reduce deforestation in supply chains linked to key global commodities (palm oil, soy, beef and pulp and paper). The Africa Palm Oil Initiative (APOI) is TFA 2020’s first signatory initiative and aims to develop national and regional principles for responsible oil palm development that takes account of the ambitious development plans of countries in Africa, while addressing environmental and social issues, such as reduced deforestation, greenhouse gases, land tenure, and the rights of indigenous people.

In Ghana, oil palm has become prominent in the national discourse as it becomes clear that its sustainable development will bring economic, social and environmental benefits. Next week’s workshop is an opportunity for stakeholders to shape the future direction of palm oil production within both Ghana and the rest of the region.

Read more about our work supporting the TFA 2020 Africa Palm Oil Initiative

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