The overall objective of the project is to increase the incomes of rubber smallholders in Africa through a process of transfer of technology. To achieve this broader objective the project aims at improving cultivation, harvesting and post harvest handling of raw material; diversification of income base through inter-cropping using the best available technologies; and improvement of the supply chain for natural rubber by developing a network of certified nurseries and introducing the appropriate standards and treatment that would guarantee a better income to the smallholders while meeting the requirements of processors. To date the project has completed a series of exposure visits to several rubber producing countries in Asia on a “Training of Trainers” basis. Follow up in-country workshops have been concluded and there is evidence on farmers’ holdings of adoption of technology and systems observed in Asia. Baseline studies on the micro level status of smallholders have been completed and work has started on establishing primary and secondary nurseries and distribution of elite varieties.

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