Côte d’Ivoire

Overview

Country Côte d’Ivoire Capital : Yamoussoukro

Côte d’Ivoire has a population of over 23.7 million

Agriculture provides a livelihood for more than half the labour force, and locally grown subsistence crops meet most rural domestic needs. Urbanization and the growing use of hired labour throughout the country have created a demand for foodstuffs other than yams, cassava, plantains and corn. There have been significant imports of wheat due to an acquired taste for bread and beer.

53-62% of the food energy consumed in Côte d’Ivoire comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

The Crop Trust has supported 2 projects in Côte d’Ivoire

  1. Coconut: The Crop Trust supported the International Coconut Genebank for Africa and the Indian Ocean (ICG-AIO) managed by the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA) to produce viable embryos from 12 unique coconut accessions hosted by ICG-AIO, for use in testing and validating the coconut embryo culture protocol agreed by embryo culture technicians, in three International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) countries.
  2. Yam: The Crop Trust supported the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA) to regenerate and characterize 502 yam accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop. 97 accessions are safety duplicated in the international Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).