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Promoting Development of Economically Viable Rubber Smallholdings in West Africa (CFC/IRSG/21)


This is a demonstration project designed to enhance economically viable rubber cultivation in smallholdings through:- planting of good quality planting materials of high yielding clones; reduction of immaturity period; successful integration of high value arable crops with rubber thus providing sustainable income for the smallholder during the immature phase; and diversification of income base and integrating high value agro-forestry tree crops and medicinal plants in rubber based farming systems during the mature phase.

The project was launched in August 2009. Progress to date include initiation of work to upgrade the central nursery for provision of elite rubber planting material; identification of farmers and initiation of work to establish model farms on farmers’ holdings; collection of germplasm and production of planting material of domesticated high value crops for inclusion in agroforestry systems.