COSTRA - Evaluate the costs of bringing all cocoa operators in Côte d'Ivoire into compliance with the European Union Deforestation Regulation

January 2024
September 2024
Project cost
55 000 €
Role in the project
Traceability expertise


Côte d’Ivoire


Degradation-Restoration Forest Market ICT



Main goals

Through a methodology of consultation of direct and indirect operators, national or international, of the cocoa value chain, analysis of existing traceability, and required functionalities, the mission must estimate the overall cost of a traceability compliant with the EUDR of the entire sector in Côte d'Ivoire to design appropriate support measures

Specific objectives

SO1. Typology of traceability devices, functionalities required by the regulation, and pre-identification and estimates of a list of quantitative items within each type of traceability system
SO2. Conducting around sixty interviews with sector professionals including those in distribution in Europe, first and secondary processing, international and national trade, cocoa production and traceability software professionals
SO3. Identify the direct and indirect costs that must be incurred by the different professionals
SO4. Summary of interviews, report and validation of results with the competent authorities

Related people

Technical coordinator / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Odilon Chambers

As a geographer, specializing in rural development, he has been based in West Africa since 2016. First stationed in Mali on behalf of Luxembourg cooperation, he then joined the team in 2021. Hands-on man, he coordinates agricultural activities in the north of Côte d'Ivoire around cashew-food production systems, forest resources (shea), product labeling as well as environmental conservation around the Comoé National Park. It is also involved in specific studies on value-chain, traceability and marketing

Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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ICT Business Developer and Manager of the N'kalô development / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Serge Kedja

Engineer in Advanced Information Systems (University of Bejaia, Algeria), MSc in Information Technologies (University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom) and Alumni Chevening, he specializes in design, development, management and the capitalization of digital solutions for agriculture in Africa.

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Project manager / Forest & REDD+ / Côte d'Ivoire

Renaud Lapeyre

PhD in environmental and development economics (ENS Cachan, University of Versailles St Quentin-en-Yvelines), he is expert in conservation finance, including through ecotourism and innovative financial mechanisms (PES), and he specialised in international cooperation programs. He worked several years in Namibia, Morocco, and Kenya. In 2012, he joined Iddri (SciencesPo Paris) as senior researcher in biodiversity economics, before joining WWF France in 2017, as a manager for public sector partnerships

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Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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Project officer / Agriculture & Market / France

Pierre Ricau

Holder of a Master Degree in "Agricultural Development and Economic Policies" from the Institute of Development Studies (IEDES), Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and AgroParisTech. He brings his expertise in agricultural market analysis (especially cashew, sesame, shea, cocoa, hevea, corn, rice and onion), development of agro-food sectors, training engineering and consultancy on public agricultural/agro-industrial policies

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project and studies building and management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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