Agronomy and Cultural Practice Research Projects (4)

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Intercropping Cocoa with Economic Shade Trees.

Funded by GCGRA and Cadbury-Kraft, CRIG
» Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
» University of Reading
(2007 to 2011)
Researchers: Prof. P.Hadley, Dr. A.Daymond
A joint project between CRIG, Cadbury International (Kraft), GCGRA and The University of Reading to assess the performance of hybrid and clonal cocoa grown under Avocado or Terminalia shade trees or without shading.

An Investigation in to the Effects of Vegetative Propagation and Juvenility on Cocoa Vigour and Implications for Breeding Strategies, Nursery Management and Distribution of Genetic Resources.

Funded by CRA* and LNV Sustainable Cocoa Subsidy Scheme (Dutch Buffer Stock)
*(transferred from BCCCA in 2008)
» University of Reading
» Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
(2007 to 2011)
Researchers: Prof. Paul Hadley, Dr. P. Tricker
A post-graduate research project to investigate the effects of juvenility, reinvigoration and disruption to the flow of nutrients and water at the graft union on budding success and growth rates of budded plants with a view to understanding why seedling plants perform better than genetically identical plants derived from them.

Field Establishment of Cocoa Clones through the Improvement of Agro-ecological Conditions.

Funded by CRA* and CFC and other co-financiers
*(transferred from BCCCA in 2008)
» University of Reading
» Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
(2005 to 2010)
Researchers: Prof. P. Hadley, Dr. A.J. Daymond
A PhD research project to evaluate the effects of shade, mulch and irrigation on the growth, development and physiology of different varieties of cocoa under field and controlled greenhouse conditions.

Improving the Productivity and Sustainability of Cocoa Farms in West Africa Through Utilisation of Native Forest Trees in Agroforestry Systems

Funded by BCCCA
» University of Bangor
» IITA
» Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
» Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
(2000 to 2004)
Researcher: Dr. M. McDonald
A PhD research project to collate farmer knowledge and agronomic/physiological data on various native Ghanaian tree species and assess their potential as shade trees for cocoa.
"Research to help optimise factors such as choice of shade tree, mulching and planting density, to improve establishment, yield and the economics of small cocoa farms"