Videos help cocoa farmers see the big picture. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R8448: Implementation of cocoa IPM in West Africa and R8313: Implementation of Cocoa Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in West Africa.

Poor farmers in West Africa are using a participatory learning curriculum to reduce the impact of pests and stabilise the productivity of their tree crops, reducing their input and labour costs and improving their living conditions. The curriculum helps farmers, support staff and advisors build up video production capacity to spread the use of improved techniques. Several digital videos, as well as a video training guide, now exist in local and English languages. Improved pesticide use and pheromone traps are among the technical options promoted in the videos. A global, discovery-based learning manual, in hard and electronic copy, is also being used throughout West Africa, as well as in other global regions, to get the word out.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.


CPP05, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 38.

Published 1 January 2007