Cocoa Farming and Difficulties in Adopting the Innovations of Intensive Agriculture in Boguedia (Ivory Coast)
American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry
Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2019, Pages: 177-184
Received: Mar. 21, 2019; Accepted: Apr. 29, 2019; Published: Sep. 3, 2019
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Akmel Meless Siméon, Départment of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Alassane Ouattara, Bouake, Ivory Coast
Dibi Djibli Vincent, Départment of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Alassane Ouattara, Bouake, Ivory Coast
Blegui Guédé Bayard, Départment of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Alassane Ouattara, Bouake, Ivory Coast
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The Ivorian economy is essentially based on agriculture, especially the coffee-cocoa duo. The country experienced growth in the 1970s, perceived by specialists as the "Ivorian miracle". But this euphoria turned into "an economic mirage", because of certain factors including the aging of plants, the slowdown in cocoa production. Faced with this situation, strategies are being developed by the National Center for Agronomic Research to significantly improve productivity. But they meet resistance. The objective of this research is to analyze cocoa farming and the difficulties related to the adoption of agricultural innovations. To achieve this, we selected Boguedia, a town located in Upper Sassandra, a field of investigation, because of intensive agriculture. This socio-anthropological research is both qualitative and quantitative. It is based on techniques (observation, focus group, registers) and data collection tools (interview guide, questionnaire). The research describes cocoa farming and shows its socio-economic value. It also analyzes the causes of the resistance of Boguedia populations to agricultural innovations. This situation of discomfort needs a critical analysis of the agricultural innovation policy.
Cocoa Farming, Intensive Farming, Socioeconomic Value, Innovation, Critical Analysis, Ivory Coast
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Akmel Meless Siméon, Dibi Djibli Vincent, Blegui Guédé Bayard, Cocoa Farming and Difficulties in Adopting the Innovations of Intensive Agriculture in Boguedia (Ivory Coast), American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2019, pp. 177-184. doi: 10.11648/j.ajaf.20190705.13
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