The project concerns pest and disease management and prevention of major prevailing cocoa diseases with the potential to destroy the cocoa economy in West and Central Africa. The overall goal of the project is to implement a major programme of capacity building in Africa so as to mitigate the negative economic impact of current cocoa insect pests and pathogens. The main objective of the project is to improve the productivity of cocoa farms by reducing losses to indigenous cocoa pests and diseases through awareness-raising and capacity building on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In addition, the project will strengthen in-country and regional capacity for improved pest surveillance for prevention of spread, early detection, eradication and continued management of existing and invasive pests and pathogens. Crop and pest management strategies, as an integral part of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) will be adopted as the main methodology to reduce crop losses by indigenous pests and diseases and to prevent the spread of both indigenous and exogenous pests and pathogens in the participating countries.