red cacao pods
Cacao fruits
pink cacao pods
Cacao varieties

Participatory Technology Development (PTD) Bolivia

In 2009, the topics for the participatory technology development (PTD) were identified at farmers’ meetings:

Cocoa variety testing
The initial activities concerning the cocoa variety test aiming at the identification of well adapted varieties for organic management started. Five years ago the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) established 15 on-farm trials. These trials were assessed in the course of the PTD activities and four trials were selected to be included in the project. In 2010, the focus was on cocoa yield data of 16 cocoa varieties currently included in the PTD.

Reducing Sigatoka incidence with help of efficient microorganisms
In addition, first trials to reduce the incidence of Sigatoka in organic banana under the use of efficient microorganisms, were implemented with 8 farmers in the frame of a diploma thesis work.