How the sustainable use of cocoa husk can make a significant contribution to rural development in Ghana
Cocoa pod husks - which are usually left to rot - can be converted in a sustainable way by pyrolysis. During this process, the cocoa pods release combustible gases and thermal energy and biochar is produced.
The heat preserves fruit and vegetables + The combustible gases can be converted into electricity + The biochar enhances soil quality. It sequesters carbon, is highly absorbent and increases the soil's ability to retain water, nutrients and agricultural chemicals, preventing water contamination and soil erosion.
complements existing value chains + makes cocoa farmers and the rural population less dependent on strongly fluctuating cocoa market prices + training of qualified personnel & creation of jobs