Pests, including diseases, continue to place important constraints on
production of cocoa worldwide, and are likely to grow more severe
through further spread of aggressive pathogens. Integrated Pest
Management strategies are now widely recognised as key corner stones of
sustainable and environmentally sound approaches to crop production.
Farmer participatory approaches are fast gaining acceptance to build
farmers' capacities to make informed crop management decisions, based
on a better understanding of the agro-ecology in their own fields. With
farmer participatory approaches, the role of extension becomes one of a
facilitator of a learning process by the farmer community. This manual
is a resource for such facilitators of farmer participatory cocoa IPM
programmes. It contains illustrated pest datasheets extracted from
scientific databases, and field exercises that contribute to discovery
based learning. The manual is expected to function as a source of
inspiration for further cocoa IPM training curriculum development.
The manual consists of three major parts: Part I provides a general
introduction to the crop. Part II covers the technical background on the
biology and management of some major key pests, linked to a set of
farmer participatory exercises in Part III. Many of these exercises have
been field-tested for cocoa.
The manual is also available in French and in Vietnamese (split into 3
files), see 'view documents' above.
CABI Bioscience, Egham, UK, 122 pp.