Simon Bassanaga has 24 years of experience in the cocoa sector, spent in research, extension and development. He started his career at IITA as a research assistant in the perennial crops program (cocoa). Then, he worked for the Sustainable Tree Crop Program (STCP) as an expert in participatory extension with a great contribution to the development of the training curriculum for farmers fields schools (FFS). He was a resource person at the workshop organized by the CTA Wageningen and the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) on the use of participatory approaches to improve cocoa quality in Africa and at the workshop organized by IFDC and Crop Life International, on the responsible use of plant protection products.
He trained trainers on knowledge of cocoa certification standards and techniques organized by WAFF and UTZ CERTIFIED.
He is a consultant to the European Union for the study on the evaluation of the cocoa value chain in Cameroon and for the feasibility study for the creation of agro-industrial cocoa-based plantations in Sierra Leone. A cocoa farmer himself, Simon owns 20 ha of cocoa trees in Ntui and is Chairman of the board of directors of SOCOOPEC-N.
Bassanaga simon is an Agronomist, majoring in crop production, from the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Dschang.