Four years


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo

Nature of Project:

Pests and Disease Management and Prevention

Estimated total Cost:

US$ 3,121,073

Financing commited by CFC:

US$ 1,232,102

US$ 676,045
Counterpart financing
US$ 1,212,926
Project Executing Agency (PEA):

Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana

Project Supervisory Body:

International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

Project Starting Date:

December 2012

Completion Date:

December 2016

Brief Description:

The project aims to 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) is to 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.  Additionally, the project addresses the increasing threat of the spread of exogenous pests and pathogens to the African. The project will put in place measures to reduce the risk of the spread of exogenous pests and diseases such as Witches’ Broom (WB), Frosty Pod Rot (FP) - Moniliophthora roreri and Cocoa Pod Borer (CPB) - Conopomorpha cramerella through capacity building and awareness-raising.

Project Objectives:

The main goal of the project is to improve the productivity of cocoa farms by reducing losses to indigenous pests and diseases through awareness-raising and capacity building on Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Project Status:

The project inception workshop was held in Ghana from 15-19 April 2013, with a total of 69 participants attending the event. The main objectives of the workshop were to officially launch the project, raise awareness on the incidence, severity and damage cause by indigenous cocoa pests and diseases and the threat of exogenous ones from other cocoa producing continents and share experiences with experts from Brazil, Malaysia and Ecuador on exogenous pests and pathogens and measures needed to prevent their spread to Africa. A total of 13 presentations were delivered during the workshop, covering all topics related to pest and diseases, including integrated pest management, quarantine measures, plant health measures, economic impact of cocoa pests and diseases, pest risk analyses, among others.

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






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ICCO Agreements

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ICCO Membership Procedure

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