Cocoa and REDD
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Gockowski J, Robiglio V, Muilerman S, Agyeman NF, Asare R. 2012. Cocoa and REDD. IITA Research for Development Review 9: 44-48.
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In the humid lowlands of Africa, the expansion of extensive low-input agriculture is the most important driver of tropical deforestation and forest degradation with a negative impact on biodiversity and climate change (Norris et al. 2010; Phalan et al. 2011). A recent global analysis of the climate change impact of agriculture estimated that between 8.64 and 15.1 million km2 of land were spared from the plow as a result of yield gains achieved since 1961 (Burney et al. 2010). These land savings generated avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions representing between 18% and 34% of the total 478 GtC emitted by humans between 1850 and 2005.