CocoaSoils launched in Côte d’Ivoire
As part of its four-country launches, the CocoaSoils program has been launched in Côte d’Ivoire. The program dubbed “Sustainable intensification of cocoa production through the development and dissemination of integrated soil fertility management”, (« Intensification de la production durable de cacao par le développement et la diffusion de la gestion intégrée de la fertilité du sol »), took place at the headquarters of the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), in Abidjan on 24 July.
The two-part program was attended by over 40 scientists and key partners including CNRA, Nestlé, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), IDH, Mondelez International, the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), IRAD, CEMOI, Timac-Agro, and ANADER.
The launch was chaired by Dr Abdoudramane Sangre, the Director General of CNRA and featured a speech by IITA Coordinator for Cocoa R4D, Richard Asare, who is also the Coordinator of the CocoaSoils Program.
The program ended with a technical session, where participants discussed varying scientific questions with regard to the project protocol design, the CocoaSoils partnership, as well as its extension and dissemination tools.