Drying Cocoa Farm Model

 

DURATION:
1 year
LOCATION:
Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Characterisation of smallholding cocoa farming systems
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
EUR€ 92,799
SOURCE OF FUNDING:
IDH and CHOCOSUISSE have pledged to contribute each to €32,000. The ICCO will finance the remaining €28,799
COMMISIONED TO:
University of Reading, Reading, UK
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
March 2020
COMPLETION DATE:
Expected in April 2021

 

 

Brief Description:

Smallholder farms are characterized by their small size and low productivity coupled with limited alternative income-earning opportunities for the farmers. However, there is an array of different cocoa farming systems and technical advices to farmers need to be better adapted to their specific farming context.

The University of Reading will carry out a literature review and a comparative analysis of existing data and information on cocoa farming systems.  Additional information will be gathered from research and extension services providers in cocoa producing countries, cocoa and chocolate companies, certification agencies and universities, etc.

 

Project Objectives:

This study aims to identify and classify cocoa farming systems currently in place in major cocoa producing areas to propose and disseminate measures to enhance the sustainability of cocoa farming target the appropriate measures to enhance the sustainability of cocoa farming.

The study is expected to provide ICCO Member countries and other cocoa stakeholders, a technical manual containing a detailed description of the selected farming models, including agronomic, geographical, economic, social and environmental traits as basis for setting up capacity building programme in farm communities

Project Status:

The University of Reading has been contracted to conduct the study since March 2020 and should present its preliminary results in 2021 at the 5th Edition of the World Cocoa Conference.