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Farmland Preservation

Food security is a major issue in developing economies, particularly in relation to the use of land for fuel crops and the worry about the resulting loss of arable and grazing lands. Communities in Northern Ghana depend on the land to survive: they gather various resources in the wild (shea nuts, tree branches, etc.), hunt, rear free-range livestock and practice shifting cultivation for farming.

As a policy, we do not trespass, interfere or encroach on community farmlands. Before beginning operations, we compile information on farm locations that fall within land acquisition area, which are then carved out of the plantation and preserved. Sometimes, land that has been farmed extensively becomes overgrown and degraded, in which case the company often offers a land swap to move the farmer to more fertile land and assists them in preparing the new land for production, and then we work to repurpose the degraded land to make it viable again with jatropha.

We also only use a small portion of arable land in any area for our operations. For instance, on our farmlands in Northern Ghana, the project area uses a mere 2.5 percent of the total land in the area (some of which is suitable for other crops and some of which is not), therefore land availability for agriculture production and livestock rearing is not significantly reduced so it does not affect food security.

Finally, we allow for space in between our jatropha rows for grazing ground and intercropping by the community for food production.

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