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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) | Cocoa Producing and Cocoa Consuming Countries

Regional Workshop on Integrated Management of Cocoa Pests and Pathogens in Africa

Oak Plaza Hotel, Accra, Ghana

15 - 18 April 2013

Programme

Click on the highighted speaker names to download individual presentations

The details of the workshop, including the conclusions and recommendations, are available to download here in the workshop report


Monday 15 April 2013

9:00

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Address by Mr. Tony Fofie, Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board 

Opening Remarks by Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO 

Keynote Address and Official Opening: Mrs. Afriyie Haffar, Representative of the Board of Directors, Ghana Cocoa Board

10:00 Official launching of the project by Mrs. Afriyie Haffar, Representative of the Board of Directors, Ghana Cocoa Board
10:30 Cocoa/Coffee Break and departure of invited dignitaries

10:45

The role of donors and International Commodity Boards (ICBs) in promoting global cocoa production in the context of “The pests and pathogens project” - Mr. Francesco Gibbi, Project Manager, Common Fund for Commodities

11:15

Pest and diseases: Impact on the sustainability of the cocoa market – Mr. Laurent Pipitone, Director of Economics, ICCO

11:40

The threat of the introduction of exogenous pests and pathogens into Africa – Mr. Andrews Y Akrofi, Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG)

12:00

Lunch

14:00

Overview of the pests and pathogens project – Dr Tony Cudjoe, Regional Co-ordinator

14:30

Presentation on major pests situations and damage assessment protocols in Cameroon - Dr. Luc Dibog, IRAD, National Co-ordinator for Cameroon

15:00

Presentation on major pests situations and damage assessment protocols in Côte d’Ivoire - Dr. François N'Guessan, CNRA, National Co-ordinator for Côte d’Ivoire

15:30

Cocoa/Coffee Break

16:00

Presentation on major pests situations and damage assessment protocols in Ghana - Dr. Henry Dzahini-Obiatey, Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), National Co-ordinator for Ghana

16:30

Presentation on major pests situations and damage assessment protocols in Nigeria - Dr. (Mrs) Lelia Dongo, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), National Co-ordinator for Nigeria

17:00

Major pests  situations and yield loss assessment protocols in Togo - Dr. Pascal Komlan Wegbe, ITRA, National Co-ordinator for Togo

17:30

Questions and Answers

 

Tuesday 16 April 2013

8:00

Field trip from Accra to Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), New Tafo-Akim, to visit research facilities.

15:00

Technical project review meeting of donors with project implementation agencies. This meeting is restricted and only involves the CFC, ICCO, co-financiers, the Regional Coordinator and the five National Coordinators

 

Wednesday 17 April 2013

8:30

Presentation and discussion on pests risk analysis (PRA) procedures and the modalities for effective quarantine measures - Mrs. Ruth Woode, Deputy Director and Head of Plant Quarantine of PPRSD-MOFA, Ghana

9:00

Presentation on existing national regulatory and legal provisions, plans and measures for the management of pests and pathogens - Quarantine services representatives from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo

9:30

Introduction to the use of the “CocoaLink” platform to enhance feedback from farmers in research, development and extension of farmer centred technologies - Mr. Sona Ebai, WCF / Africa Cocoa Initiative (ICI)

10:00

Questions and Answers

10:30

Review of the regional dynamics and basic information on pests and diseases situations in the participating countries with special reference to Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD) and black pod (Phytophthora megakarya) - Dr. George Ameyaw, CRIG Virologist

11:30

Managing cocoa pests and diseases within the Vision for Change project - Mr. D. Kouassi, Mars Incorporated

12:00

Presentation by Mr. Edward Kumah, Technical Lead, West Africa, Mondelez International

12:30

Presentation by the Representative of European Cocoa Association (ECA)

13:00

Questions and Answers

13:30

Lunch break

14:30

Presentation on Witches’ Broom disease – Prof. Carmen Suarez Capello (1), Ecuador

15:00

Presentation on Frosty pod disease – Prof. Carmen Suarez Capello (2), Ecuador

15:30

Presentation on Cocoa Pod Borer – Dr. Endang Sulistyowati, Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI)

16:00

Cocoa / Coffee break

17:00

Presentation on existing national regulatory and legal provisions, plans and measures for the management of pests and pathogens

 - Quarantine Services representatives from Ghana and Nigeria

19:00

Workshop Dinner

 

Thursday 18 April 2013

9:00

Harmonising existing national regulatory and legal provisions, plans and measures based on best practices (IPPO and WTO-SPS) for the management of cocoa pests and pathogens - Facilitated by Representative of Plant Quarantine Division of Plant Protection & Regulatory Services Directorate, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana

10:00

Questions and Answers

10:30

Presentation of draft recommendations of the workshop - National Project Co-ordinators

11:00

Closing ceremony with closing remarks by

  • Mr. Francesco Gibbi, Project Manager, CFC
  • Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO
  • Deputy Chief Executive (A&QC), Ghana Cocoa Board
12:00

Lunch


The details of the workshop, including the conclusions and recommendations, are available to download here in the workshop report
 

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