Technology Adoption: Classroom in the Cocoa Block

  • D. I. Guest
  • R. Daniel
  • Y. Namaliu
  • J. K. KonamEmail author
Part of the Plant Pathology in the 21st Century book series (ICPP, volume 4)


The adoption of technology aimed at improving the sustainability of food, fibre and fuel production is one of the greatest impediments to improving the quality of life, particularly for smallholder farmers in developing countries. Cocoa is Papua New Guinea’s third most important agricultural export crop, after coffee and palm oil, contributing up to 17% of the national agricultural revenue. This chapter describes and discusses a participatory research approach undertaken with smallholder cocoa farmers in Papua New Guinea aimed at providing different levels of farm management tailored to be implemented by farmers according to their particular circumstances.


Smallholder Farmer Participatory Action Research Cocoa Production Cocoa Farmer Cocoa Tree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. I. Guest
    • 1
  • R. Daniel
    • 1
  • Y. Namaliu
    • 2
  • J. K. Konam
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural ResourcesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.PNG Cocoa and Coconut InstituteStewart Research StationMadangPapua New Guinea
  3. 3.Plant Health Team, Land Resources DivisionSouth Pacific CommissionSUVAFiji Islands

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