A nursery program for seedlings

Improving farm productivity through better quality and more resilient seedlings

January 01, 2016

In Côte d’Ivoire, we have worked with Centre National de Recherche Agronomique de Côte d’Ivoire (CNRA), Conseil Café Cacao, and ANADER (Côte d'Ivoire’s rural development agency) to establish a nursery program through which we are growing better quality seedlings and selling them to farmers at cost price.

Many farmers rely on older, less productive trees and have not invested in planting trees to renew their farms. Our seedling varieties will provide farmers with more productive trees that will help them improve their yields and raise their incomes.

We are now using innovative technology to grow more resilient seedlings at five nurseries across the country. Together, these nurseries supplied almost 100,000 seedlings in 2014-2015 and plan to supply 533,000 in 2015-2016.

The project model we are testing is suitable for nurseries producing at a large scale. Our intention is that any nurseries we create will eventually become totally self-sufficient businesses in their own right.

We are also piloting a scheme through which nurseries will sell young cocoa trees to farmers.

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