Sustainable Tree Crops Programme - STCP
Since early 1999, the Federation has been a significant contributor
to the Sustainable Tree Crops Programme. A common agenda for the
development of sustainable cocoa, coffee and cashew tree crop systems
in Africa was shaped at the Sustainable Tree Crop Development Forum
in Washington D.C., in October 1999. This forum was represented
by over 120 participants from the industry, farmer organizations,
research institutes, trade organizations, commodity groups, governments
and international development agencies
that debated an extensive range of issues, encompassing potential
technical, policy, institutional and financial constraints to the
development of sustainable tree crop systems.
What is the goal of the STCP?
To improve the well-being of smallholder farmers through the development
of sustainable tree crop systems that increase productivity, generate
income, conserve biodiversity, use natural resources sustainably,
and offer stable development prospects and long-term economic incentives.
What are the objectives of the STCP?
To promote public and private sector partnerships to provide an
organizational framework and policy environment that is necessary
- Maintain increased productivity of high quality tree crop products,
over the long term, with an emphasis on farm rehabilitation and
reclamation of deforested land;
- Improve efficiency in the marketing chain, so that it delivers
fair prices to farmers and quality products to end users;
- Make African tree crop products competitive in international
- Improve the socio-economic situation of farmers;
- Conserve the natural resource base and biodiversity.
How is the STCP structured?
To address the Program objectives efficiently, a framework with
four component areas has been adopted:
- Grower and Business Support Services
- Research and Technology Transfer
- Policy Change and Implementation
- Market and Information System Development
The Regional Implementation Workshop
A Regional Implementation Workshop was held in May 22 to 26, 2001,
in Accra, Ghana.
The objective of the regional implementation workshop was to review
and validate an integrated action plan for the STCP, that will enable
a series of activities in grower and business support services,
research and technology transfer, policy, and market system development
to be initiated within West and Central Africa.