The CocoaSoils program’s training manual on soils fertility management was presented to the government of Cameroon at a handover ceremony held at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Yaoundé on October 11.

The training manual for field officers was received on behalf of the government by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gabriel Mbairobe.

It was handed over to the government by representatives of CocoaSoils, IDH and the Wageningen University and Research.
The manual is a science-based contribution to the government’s ambition of reaching an annual cocoa production of 640,000 metric tonnes by 2030.

It was developed by considering the key capacity needs of cocoa farmers in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.
The objective of the manual is to introduce the importance of nutrient supply through fertilizer application in cocoa farms and the need to implement good agriculture practices to maximize cocoa yield and income and decrease deforestation.

It provides up to date recommendations on the year-round management operations to increase cocoa productivity.
The manual was developed to transmit up to date knowledge and know-how and the skills required to foster communication between field officers and cocoa farmers.

It was designed to help field officers to pass on the latest knowledge in cocoa production to farmers in a language that ensures a good understanding of messages.

The manual was reviewed by the Partnership for Delivery (P4D) committees in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria to ensure that the content is relevant and that the language is not too scientific for the farmers.