A wide variety of research plans was drafted during the first CocoaSoils planning meeting.
The CocoaSoils project is a collaborative research and development project that focuses on integrated soil fertility management in cocoa plantations. The project, led by IITA, Wageningen University, and IDH, is set up around a number of randomised, intensively managed NPK response trials, and aims to fill the gaps in our knowledge of cocoa nutrition.
In the first planning meeting, the research partners convened in Wageningen do decide on the research plans for the first year of the project. The nursery and establishment phase of the field trials offer many interesting opportunities for research on nutrient management and the physiology of cocoa seedlings. In addition, the project focuses on innovative methods in data collection, which are currently being developed.