Within three years of the completion of the project, the CILY incidence will be reduced as increasing numbers of farmers engage into the cautious rehabilitation program. More evidence is expected to accumulate from the adaptive resistance trails in support of a large-scale replanting program in Grand-Lahou. Coconut productivity is expected to increase after implementation of the field management practices developed during the project. This improvement will be based on the knowledge gained from new diagnostics to detect CILYP and to authenticate resistant plan material for farmers. New opportunities will be created for women to access funds, training and resources to help them improve sustainable income sources and livelihoods for families in Grand-Lahou. This project will further address the following development goals:
- Intensified awareness on Cote d’Ivoire coconut lethal yellowing and its phytoplasma pathogen epidemiology toward developing effective management strategies.
- Improved sensitization of farmers, stakeholders, authorities, policy makers, and the Grand-Lahou community on the social and environmental impact of disease, project implementation and land use to achieve a sustainable friendly use of the coconut-growing land and fulfill a sounded environmental management plan.
- Enhanced research and diagnostic capacity, as well as, highly genetic diverse and CILYP-resistant/tolerant germplasm availability for Ivorian partners and the Grand-Lahou community to broaden an integrated strategy to prevent resistance breakdown and disease spread, and implement a cautious coconut rehabilitation program.
- Innovated bio-control and agro-ecological alternatives for a better control of CILY disease and phytoplasma toward increasing the coconut productivity levels, as well as, rates of nutrition, education and health for the Grand-Lahou community.
- Increased communication skills and gender knowledge toward implementing an effective gender and capacity-building strategy to empower women within the coconut production chain and address gender inequity for the community of Grand-Lahou.
- Enlarged commitment of project partners and community factors of Grand-Lahou in identifying funding opportunities for post-project monitoring and evaluation of resistance trials and the continuation of the developed community gender strategy, and the cautious coconut rehabilitation program.
- Strengthen regional and international collaboration within Western Africa and with Canada, and a worldwide known Canada’s prestige in fighting CILY and addressing common problems for farmers in West Africa.