Tropenbos Ghana has selected ten promising business ideas from selected select people in the North West region to support and develop comprehensive business cases under its Mobilizing More for Climate (MoMo4C) program.
The business ideas were selected from the proposals received from the region which is the enclave of the MoMo4C project.
They belong to the categories of ecotourism, greenhouse vegetable production, soap making, oil palm processing and planting, organic cassava growing and processing, compost fertilizer , cocoa shell processing, cocoa agroforestry, beekeeping and processing, as well as fish farming and processing.
In terms of their economic viability and profitability, these sustainable business ideas would help transform the region’s economy when linked to potential investors, for implementation.
Ms Sefanam Agbobli, communications manager of Tropenbos Ghana, revealing them in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Fumesua, Ejisu municipality, said the selections were made after the opening of a business call to accept business ideas and proposals that took into consideration innovative climate actions.
Sorting, she said, was done on the basis of priority climate action initiatives targeting agriculture / forestry (cocoa-related deforestation), sustainable value chains, sustainable energy use, efficiency and smart finance in the face of the climate.
The innovative actions also had to address certain key landscape challenges (KLC) identified with a focus on green businesses.
“This means that the proposals aimed to protect and restore the natural environment without causing damage and contribute to national and international climate goals of mitigation and adaptation,” Ms. Agbobli explained.
The MoMo4C program is a five-year program (2019-2024) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Netherlands Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Fund for nature (WWF) and Tropenbos International.
It aims to develop innovative financing for climate action using a landscape approach.
The program aims to bring together entrepreneurs, businesses, policy makers, investors and civil society organizations to make green business proposals.
These should address the impacts and causes of climate change at the landscape level in developing countries, contribute to climate resilience and gender inclusive sustainable development in the landscapes where they are offered, and attract investments for implement these initiatives.
The program is implemented in Ghana by two national NGOs; Tropenbos Ghana in the Sefwi-Wiawso, Juabeso and Bia Landscape, while A Rocha Ghana is implementing the initiative in the Mole Ecological Landscape in the Savannah region of Ghana.
Ms. Agbobli reiterated Tropenbos’ commitment to lead individuals and businesses in maintaining, restoring and safeguarding forests and trees for the benefit of local people and global communities.