The project aims to improve the welfare of the large number of smallholders growing cocoa through sustainable higher productivity of good quality cocoa at lower production cost. This global project contributes to this objective through the selection, distribution and use of new cocoa varieties with improved yield capacity, resistance and quality traits. Use of improved cocoa plant materials will make cocoa cultivation more competitive. It should also facilitate diversification of cocoa-based farming systems by reducing the land, labour and cash requirements for cocoa cultivation. The project specific objectives are: (a) to disseminate and validate promising cocoa varieties in farmers’ fields through participatory approaches, involving farmers directly in evaluation and selection processes; (b) to increase sustainability in cocoa improvement programmes through validation and dissemination of select cocoa varieties between partners, enhanced regional and international collaborative research and development activities, and capacity development; (c) to exchange information and disseminate results between project partners and other cocoa producing countries not directly participating in the project; (d) to establish and maintain functional linkages between national cocoa breeding programmes, international cocoa gene-banks and quarantine centres and international cocoa research and development efforts. At present all activities have been completed. The final evaluation workshop was held in June 2010 in Accra, Ghana. The workshop proceedings have been published and distributed. The final publication (technical paper) will be available in the CFC website. The project will be financially closed in the first quarter of 2012.

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