HCV field testing begins in Ghana

Independent suppliers to BOPP engage in conservation

Field testing of the simplified HCV approach for smallholders begins in Ghana this week. Rainforest Alliance, in collaboration with Solidaridad, are working with members of the Adum Banso Oil Palm Plantation Farmers Association to identify High Conservation Values in the landscape and devise a plan to protect them.

The farmers sell their Fresh Fruit Bunches to Benso Oil Palm Plantation (BOPP) in the Western Region of Ghana. The 52 members have a total of 100 hectares of oil palm under cultivation.

Rainforest Alliance and Solidaridad will also trial the simplified HCV approach with oil palm farmers associations in Kusi, Eastern Region, and Assin Juaso, Central Region. The two partners have been working with more than 2,000 independent smallholders in Ghana since 2014 with the aim of achieving RSPO certification.

The simplified HCV approach has been endorsed by RSPO for controlled field testing. It includes holding workshops with participating farmers to introduce the concept of HCVs, identify likely species, habitats and ecosystem services of significance in the landscape and develop ideas for management and monitoring. For more information, click here. To speak to the SHARP Regional Focal Point for West Africa at Rainforest Alliance, please contact info@sharp-partnership.org.