New research paper on shade systems on cocoa farms in Ghana

SNV funded a research examining the impact an existing forest canopy and forest tree diversity could have on agricultural crops, such as cocoa. Following a replicated approach biophysical data on shade and cocoa trees were collected.


To share exciting on-the-ground experience and strategise ways forward for Participatory Forest Monitoring, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, hosted the Regional Knowledge Exchange Event on PFM in Da Lat from 18 to 20 November 2014.


SNV is working together with the Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), a member of Olam International, to hamper cocoa expansion into the Congo Basin forests and introduce better management practices in and out of forest concessions in the region.

REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme (REAP)

Our REAP programme, implemented in West Central Africa, Vietnam and Indonesia, focuses on four key components: knowledge development, building SNV capacity, contextualised solutions and partnerships for impact at scale.

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Welcome to SNV's website on REDD+. SNV has over 40 Advisors working on REDD+ across 14 countries in Africa and Asia. The goal of the REDD+ programme is to support a REDD+ mechanism, which benefits the poor and helps to protect biodiversity.

The projects we work on include supporting the protection of forests by providing incentives for communities to manage these resources; as well as piloting and introducing REDD+ compatible solutions in those sectors driving deforestation and forest degradation, namely the Agriculture and Renewable Energy sectors. SNV established the REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme (REAP) to advance understanding of the interface between agriculture and energy use across different forest landscapes in order to support low emission, pro-poor development pathways.

Across the three sectors we are developing Knowledge Products to advance understanding, piloting landscape based interventions and scaling up impact by working with partners and through knowledge platforms. Our three banners above provide further information on our work.

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We recently went on a field trip to shoot a documentary on our Mangroves and Markets project (MAM) in the most southern province of Vietnam, Ca Mau. Please click on the video to watch it on YouTube and follow the link in the description to get redirected to the full length documentary:

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