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Crop forecasting model for cashew in Ivory Coast

19 January 2016 : Applied research project on crop forecasting model and improvement of the cashew production in Ivory Coast

Country: Ivory Coast
Name of partner(s): Conseil Coton Anacarde (CCA)
Start date: 2014
End date: 2015

Context


Through its experience of 18 years in the Ivory Coast cashew nut sector, RONGEAD has the vision to understand the cashew sector issues and develop innovative ideas. In line with this, RONGEAD is developing a tool that enables to forecast the total cashew production of the coming year. In 2014, a partnership with the « Conseil de Régulation, de Suivi et de Développement des Filières Coton et Anacarde » has been signed, allowing RONGEAD to start the activities needed to build that crop forecasting tool.


Main objectives


The design and the implementation of the crop-forecasting model would permit to :

  • Develop knowledge on the limiting factors of the cashew yield by a literature review and field surveys/observations;
  • Develop the understanding of the farmers’ practices


The use of the crop-forecasting model would permit to :

  • Forecast the national production of cashew nuts,
  • Improve the farm advisory on the agricultural practices of the cashew nuts production;
  • Develop a research strategy in plant breeding adapted to the local context.



Activities


The first activities needed to design and implement the crop-forecasting model are :

  • A review of the literature on the cashew production factors (see document "Reproduction de l’anacardier") ;
  • A review of the cashew farming practices used in distinct climatic areas ;
  • Develop an experimental design to collect data needed to build the database of the crop forecasting model (see document "Méthodologie") ;
  • Training the field actors at the observation, the collect and the analyse of cashew agronomic data (see document "Référentiel") ;
  • Setting up and following a database with the yield of cashew measuredon differentconditions (farmers’ practices, climate…) ;
  • Mapping of the cashew yield and superficies cultivated in several distinct climatic areas.


Documents to download



We are looking for potential financial partners to increase the data collected quantity and the number of cashew production areas followedContact : Noémie Rullier


With the support of "Conseil du Coton et de l’Anacarde" :


 
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