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In 2018, Kouadio Adama’s cocoa farm, which was almost twenty years old, was no longer productive: “Between the drop in productivity and the diseases, I was discouraged“, he said.
The aging of cocoa plots and the decrease in productivity that it generates is one of the causes of deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire. To enhance his land, Kouadio Adama was coached as part of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative. He applied the good agricultural practices learned during the various trainings. Kouadio Adama also received advice on planting trees.
Beyond the theoretical learning, Kouadio Adama received technical support during visits to his farm. “They even helped me to cut the diseased branches, I really liked that“, he says. Thanks to effective soil maintenance, pruning and treatment of diseases, his plot has regained productivity. “Today, without needing fertilizer, the health of my field is very good”, explains Kouadio Adama. “During my last assessment, I was at 700 kg per hectare“. Kouadio Adama is grateful he took these steps to improve his agricultural practices.