(L-R) Opening by Dr Bernard Vanlauwe (IITA), Daniel van Gilst (NORAD), Dr Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh (COCOBOD), and Dr H.K. Dzahini-Obiatey (Cocoa Research Institute Ghana).

CocoaSoils partners discuss ways to strengthen agronomic research and dissemination

The maiden Annual CocoaSoils Forum was held in Accra, Ghana on 24 January. The forum followed a three-day Science Committee meeting in which research and project partners came together to assess project implementation, assure transparent and accessible dissemination of research outcomes, and provide inputs into the research of the different partners. The forum brought together…

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Picture of Quadri Lekan, the Director of Tree Crop Unit and Dr Olayiwola Olubamiwa, the Director of CRIN, cutting the ribbon to launch the CocoaSoils program

Stakeholders strategize to revive cocoa in Nigeria during CocoaSoils program launch

The official launch of the CocoaSoils project was held at Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Oyo State, Nigeria, on 16 October.

Picture of a group photo of participants at the launch ceremony.

CocoaSoils launched in Cameroon

As part of its four-country implementation initiative, the CocoaSoils Program has been officially launched in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Picture of cocoa fruits.

Improving cocoa productivity through integrated soil fertility management

Cocoa plantations in West Africa are sometimes not as productive as expected, yielding low income for farmers. To compensate and improve their livelihoods, some farmers have expanded their farms into forests.

Picture of The Coordinator of CocoaSoils making a presentation at the technical session

CocoaSoils launched in Côte d’Ivoire

As part of its four-country launches, the CocoaSoils program has been launched in Côte d’Ivoire.

Picture of Richard Asare being interviewed at the 3FM studio in Accra

CocoaSoils launches sustainable intensification program

The CocoaSoils program has been launched in Ghana, with plans to launch in three other countries.

Picture of Ranjana Bhattacharjee addressing farmers and other stakeholders

IITA participates in Farmers’ Day

On 19 April, IITA joined cocoa farmers in a Farmers’ Day at Akure, Ondo state.

Picture of A farmer receiving a certificate during the graduation after a series of farmers field school training by PROSICA in Cameroon.

IITA organized field day and graduation ceremony for farmers in Cameroon

IITA, which coordinates the Green Innovation Centre for Agriculture and Food Sector (PROSICA), organized a field day and graduation ceremony in Ngomedzap in the Nyong and So’o division last December 2017.

Picture of Dr Ken Dashiell (left) speaking to Shanni Srivastava of UPL, an agrochemical company.

Stakeholders discuss strategies for cocoa rebirth in Nigeria

Strategies to improve cocoa production in the country dominated discussions at a recent conference in IITA held 8-9 August, where stakeholders explored measures to address challenges encountered and possible ways of reviving cocoa to ensure sustainability in Nigeria.

Picture of researchers and cocoa farmers discussing ways of protecting cocoa plants from stresses.

IITA and ICRAF researchers hold consultation workshop

IITA and ICRAF scientists active in the cocoa sector met on 23 March, in Yaoundé for a strategic consultation workshop.

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