DURACOL - Sustainability of agroforestry farming practices in cocoa production systems in Côte d'Ivoire

December 2021
November 2022
Project cost
14 500 €
Role in the project
Expertise in cocoa sector


Côte d’Ivoire


Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroforestry Forest



Main goals

Carry out a detailed agrarian diagnosis in a cocoa-growing region in the South-East of Côte d'Ivoire known in particular for the existence of agroforestry systems characteristic of the old cocoa loop, in order to characterize the sustainability of the agricultural practices encountered. Particular attention will be paid to agroforestry and the link between the different cocoa production systems and deforestation

Specific objectives

SO1. Analyze the proper functioning of the different cocoa production systems existing in Ivory Coast, including cocoa farms conducted in agroforestry, based on information collection work in the field
SO2. Propose a series of indicators making it possible to compare these different systems and in particular to characterize their sustainability, in order to contribute to scientific work relating to the definition of sustainable agricultural systems


Actors of the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire


R1. Complete description of the cropping systems practiced in the study area
R2. Produce a typology of farming systems in the study area that is related to the central questioning of the study
R3. Analysis of the operation of the production systems for each of the types identified above
R4. Analysis of current development dynamics


A1. Define a methodology to characterize and compare the sustainability of the agricultural practices of the different production systems identified within the chosen study area
A2. Organization of a fieldwork coordination mission in the selected study area with the research supervisor associated with the study
A3. Carry out a diagnostic analysis of the agrarian system in a cocoa region of Côte d'Ivoire in which there are agricultural production systems related to agroforestry
A4. Synthesis of the information collected during the diagnostic analysis carried out in the study area with the aim of describing and characterizing the trends in terms of sustainability (social, environmental and economic) of Ivorian cocoa production systems

Related people

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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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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