This article was originally published on Directions Mag


“UK Space Agency’s pioneering Forests 2020 Project enables cocoa buyers to plot supply chain data onto satellite and LiDAR map.

With over two million small-scale farmers growing cocoa in the Ivory Coast and Ghana – the world’s biggest producers – it has proven difficult to track where each bean is coming from and therefore exert pressure on suppliers to end unsustainable practices.

’Big cocoa’ has pledged to stamp out unsustainable farming methods that involve the destruction of protected rainforests in West Africa via the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), but it has proved a difficult task for an industry served by millions of small farmers in the region. In a further development, Ecometrica, the downstream space information company, which leads the Forests 2020 project to monitor tropical forests using satellite technology, is bringing together its innovative platform with new, more detailed land cover map to enable cocoa companies to securely plot their supply chain and assess their impact on protected areas…”

Read on at: Directions Mag.