The main objective of the project is to understand whether new forms of agroforestry (maybe lighter densities and diversities of associated trees with a better management of the shade and canopy) could be a solution for the agro-ecological transition of cocoa cropping in Côte d’Ivoire. Underneath this main objective lie several side objectives :
• listing trees and cocoa tree interactions and compatibilty from farmers knowledge
• gathering agroforestry innovations thanks to botanical inventories to understand whether cocoa farmers are adding trees in their cocoa farms
• understanding the factors and obstacles for agroforestry adoption including social, economic, politic and legal extent to describe the drivers of this new socio-ecological system.
• experimenting the effects of three trees (identified by farmers as compatible with cocoa) on microclimate and more specifically their role during dry period.
We expect from this mobility to :
• be able to give advice to farmer on three trees : Newbouldia laevis, Ficus capensis, Bombax buonopozense .
• Completing lists that have already been set about trees and cocoa interactions based on farmers knowledge (up to 25 trees)
• Building a qualitiative model of agroforestry adoption and innovation in order to facilitate any further project trying to encourage the development of agroforestry.
• Developing interdisciplinary methodologic tools to study an agroforestry socio-ecological system in a context of agro-ecological transition.
• Strenghten links with ivorian researchers working in similar fields.
Project Number : 1502-303
Year : 2016
Type of funding : AAP
Project type : AAP MOBILITE
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01 Jan 2017
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31 Dec 2017
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