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Integrated Management of Cocoa Pest and Pathogens in Africa: Controlling Indigenous Pests and Diseases and Preventing the Introduction of Exogenous Ones

 

Common Fund Grant: USD 1,232,102 of which USD 615,000 will be provided from the contribution of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Co-financing: USD 676,043 (from the EU and from the Cocoa/Chocolate private industry)

Counterpart Contributions: USD 937,724 – Cash and USD 275,205 – In-kind

Collaborating Institutions:

Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), Cameroon

Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA),Cote d’Ivoire

Cocoa Research Institution of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana

Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Nigeria

Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA), Togo

 

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.