Topics Archives: ICRAF

Professor David Zilberman: On Life and Cocoa in the Ivory Coast

David Zilberman, a professor of agriculture and resource economics at University of California Berkeley, recently visited Côte d’Ivoire and shared her perspective on his blog.  He has agreed to allow us to repost it here, but you can also find it at the Berkeley Blog:

This week I returned from my fourth trip to Africa, this time to the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire,

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Vision For Change Agroforestry Workshop

The goal of the Vision for Change project to revitalize the cocoa sector in Soubré and across Côte d’Ivoire – so that it can result in well-trained cocoa producers, higher yields and a cocoa economy that benefits the entire community.

One major component of the project is to develop and disseminate sustainable management options for cocoa rehabilitation, including cocoa farm diversification. Farmers who rely

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Making chocolate an affordable luxury; private/public partnerships in agroforestry benefiting cocoa farmers

Please see below a press release on the Vision for Change and our partnership with ICRAF and national partners, which was released earlier this week:

Abidjan – 20 November 2012 For over a hundred years, cocoa has been the black gold of Western Africa, despite a political trading past that has often darkened the pages of history. Now, a partnership between two unlikely organizations

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Securing chocolate, securing livelihoods

We have a special guest blog post by Ermias Betemariam, Land Health Scientist from the World Agroforesty Centre (ICRAF), who recently returned from Cote d’Ivoire.

I recently returned from a work trip to Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producer. Part of my time there was spent visiting with smallholder cocoa farmers involved in the Vision for Change: Sustainable Cocoa Communities project.

The project—a

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Mars Chocolate and ICRAF Workshop on Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus

Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) has wreaked havoc on cocoa crops throughout  much of West Africa and continues to inflict serious economic and human hardship in cocoa-growing countries.  As part of our research and collaborative efforts to better manage and combat this disease, Mars Chocolate and ICRAF recently held a regional workshop on CSSV in Accra, Ghana.

The weeklong workshop brought together more than

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Cocoa Soils and Fertilizer Workshop

Every now and then in cocoa sustainability work it’s very useful to take stock of where we are on a particular topic, share ideas and put experts together.  At the end of last year we did this for the areas of cocoa soils and use of fertilizer in cocoa production. We started work on our Vision For Change program in Ivory Coast and have

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