Farmers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of the Cocoa Disease and Pest Control Programme (CODEPEC) in Ghana and its effects on poverty reduction

Emmanuel Kumi, Andrew Daymond

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Abstract

The study examined the contribution of the Cocoa Disease and Pest Control Programme (CODAPEC), which is a cocoa production-enhancing government policy, to reducing poverty and raising the living standards of cocoa farmers in Ghana. One hundred and fifty (150) cocoa farmers were randomly selected from five communities in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai district of the Western Region of Ghana and interviewed using structured questionnaires. Just over half of the farmers (53%) perceived the CODAPEC programme as being effective in controlling pests and diseases, whilst 56.6% felt that their yields and hence livelihoods had improved. In some cases pesticides or fungicides were applied later in the season than recommended and this had a detrimental effect on yields.
To determine the level of poverty amongst farmers, annual household consumption expenditure was used as a proxy indicator. The study found that 4.7% of cocoa farmers were extremely poor having a total annual household consumption expenditure of less than GH¢ 623.10 ($310.00) while 8.0% were poor with less than GH¢ 801.62 ($398.81). An amount of money ranging from GH¢ 20.00 ($9.95) to GH¢ 89.04 ($44.29) per annum was needed to lift the 4.7% of cocoa farmers out of extreme poverty, which could be achieved through modest increases in productivity. The study highlighted how agricultural intervention programmes, such as CODAPEC, have the potential to contribute to improved farmer livelihoods.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-274
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Volume5
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Cocoa Disease and Pest Control (CODAPEC), Poverty reduction, Standard of living, Mirids, Black pod disease, Ghana

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