Learning About Cocoa. An inspirational guide for training facilitators
by Janny G.M. Vos, Barbara J. Ritchie and Julie Flood.
Pest and diseases place important contraints on production
of cocoa worldwide. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies
are widely recognised as key to sustainable and environmentally
sound approaches to crop production. Farmer participatory
approaches build farmers' capacities to make informed decisions,
based on a better understanding of the agro-ecology of their
crop production. With these approaches, this manual facilitates
the learning process by the farmer community and provides
a resource for facilitators of participatory cocoa IPM programmes.
The Editors expect this manual to function as a source of
inspiration for further cocoa IPM training curricula development.
include: • a brief history of cocoa • approaches to growing a
healthy crop • illustrated pest data sheets • field excercises
for discovery-based learning.
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on understanding biological, social and cultural diversity
and applying this knowledge to meet the needs of rural people.
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management and makes recommendations based on case studies
and the editor's vast experience.
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