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National Assembly Complex
Tafawa Balewa Square
P.O. Box 1718
Lagos, Nigeria
+234-70-9814-1735
+234-70-9814-1736
Fax:
+234-70-9814-1734
info@copal-cpa.org
17icrc@copal-cpa.org

 
17th INTERNATIONAL COCOA RESEARCH CONFERENCE
 

HILTON HOTEL
YaoundéE - CAMEROON

15 - 20   OCTOBER  2012
ORGANISED BY THE ALLIANCE OF COCOA PRODUCING COUNTRIES  IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNEMENT OF CAMEROON

THEME: "IMPROVING THE PROFITABILITY OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FARMS: THE PRINCIPAL KEY TO A GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE COCOA ECONOMY"

This theme should be developed through scientific papers focusing mainly on:
1.  Agricultural practices taking into account:

i) The scarcity of land available for cocoa farming,
ii) The need to maximise productivity of the small and medium size farms,
iii) The impact of climate change on cocoa cultivation,
iv) The impact of soil degradation in cocoa tree stocks on cocoa cultivation,
v) The environment,
vi) The need to prolong the life span of cocoa tree stocks,
vii) Possibilities of using agroforestry in cocoa cultivation;

2.  The practices and strategies seeking to restore soil fertility in cocoa tree stocks at minimum cost;
3.  The selection and use of a planting material which is tolerant or resistant to diseases and pests, highly-productive and producing good-quality cocoa;
4.  Effective control methods for diseases and pests which protect the environment and the health of the cocoa farmer and the consumer;
5.  The benefits of cocoa and cocoa by-products on human health and on the use and broadcasting of associated data;
6.  The ways and means of reducing or even eliminating any presence of contaminants in cocoa and cocoa derived products;
7.  The development and implementation of cocoa production management policies to match supply to demand;
8.  The impact of the lack of transparency in the functioning of the terminal market and the management of cocoa stocks and cocoa-derived products on the sustainability of cocoa cultivation;
9.  Efficient mechanisms for transfer of technologies;
10.  Types of internal marketing and their impact on the sustainability of cocoa cultivation;
11.  The impact of living conditions in rural environments on the sustainability of cocoa cultivation;
12.  Cocoa processing tools at producer scale;
13.  Practices and strategies seeking to increase the use of cocoa and cocoa by-products;
14.  Social and economic factors which impede the profitability of small and medium-sized cocoa farms and how to remedy this;
15.  Agricultural policies encouraging improved profitability of small and medium-sized cocoa farms.
Conference sessions will cover the following subjects areas
i.  Genetics and Breeding
ii.  Agronomy, Agro forestry, Physiology, Soils and Nutrition
iii.  Pests and Diseases
iv.  Chemistry, Technology and Quality
v.  Efficient utilisation of cocoa and cocoa by-products
vi.  Improvement of cocoa consumption through generic promotion
vii.  New and non-traditional uses of cocoa
viii.  Transfer of Technologies and Efficient utilisation of the results from cocoa research
ix.  Marketing and Socio-Economics
x.  Other aspects of research including Environment
The Conference will be followed by INGENIC, INCOPED and INAFORESTA meetings from 21st to 22nd October 2012.

Authors should prepare an abstract of approximately 400 words, containing all essential information regarding objectives, materials and methods, results and conclusions, but excluding sectional headings, figures, graphs, tables and references. The text should be single spacing on A4 (210 mm x 297 mm), with a margin of 4 cm on the left side and 2 cm on all other sides. The recommended font is Times New Roman size 10.
The selection of papers to be delivered at the Conference will be based on these summaries.
One copy of the summary should reach the following address at the latest by 31 January 2012.
The Secretary General
(Subject: 17th International Cocoa Research Conference)
Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries
National Assembly Complex
P.O. Box 1718
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-70-9814-1735 / +234-70-9814-1736
Fax: +234-70-9814-1734
E-mail: 17icrc@copal-cpa.org
The full paper should be preceded by the information Summary submitted previously and should follow the same spacing and margins as described for the abstract on the previous page. The recommended font is Times New Roman size 10. The full paper should not exceed 3,000 words, including tables, figures and graphs. Each table, figure or graph is considered as being equivalent to the number of words, which could have been typed in an equivalent space. An invited paper should not exceed 9,000 words, including tables, figures and graphs.

A participant may present up to two papers as Sole Author or Senior Author. The name of the author could, however, appear as a contributor to other papers.

Figures, tables, photographs and graphs should be in the precise position in the text of the paper.

Authors should follow the format in "Guidelines to Contributors of Papers" (annexed).
Electronic Copy (On CD or diskette)
To facilitate the production of the proceedings on hard copy and on CD ROM, authors are hereby requested to submit their presentations by e-mail (as attachments) or on CD.

The CD or disquette label should identify clearly the name of the author and the title of the paper. To ensure uniformity in format, use Word for Windows and font Times New Roman size 10. In the case of figures and tables, please use "Word" or "Excel".
Oral presentation
The authors must therefore prepare the text of their presentation in writing, by selecting the main points of their paper and providing an explanation for the tables, slides, etc. They must bring eight copies of their presentation to the conference, for use by the interpreters. The preparation of this oral presentation is essential to the success of the Conference.(Speakers: maximum 1,000 words; Invited Speakers: maximum 3,000 words.)

For the Conference to proceed without hitch, speakers and invited speakers should not exceed the 10 and 30 minutes allocated to them, respectively.
Poster presentations
In addition to the oral sessions some of the papers may be presented in poster format (drawings, leaflets, samples, etc.). These poster sessions will correspond as closely as possible to the relevant Conference sessions. Authors should indicate if they prefer their papers to be included in poster presentation sessions. If that is the case, their contributions should comply with the standards defined in the Guidelines for speakers.
DEADLINE
Deadline for a hard copy of the complete typescript of full papers and a CD should reach the address SUBMISSIONS: below at the latest by 30 June 2012.
The Secretary General
(Subject: 17th International Cocoa Research Conference)
Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries
Brick House, National Assembly Complex,
P.O. Box 1718
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-70-9814-1735 / +234-70-9814-1736
Fax: +234-70-9814-1734
E-mail: 17icrc@copal-cpa.org
SEVENTH INGENIC WORKSHOP
The 7th INGENIC Workshop will be held just after the COPAL 17th International Cocoa Research Conference in the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundéé, on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 October 2012.

Theme: The INGENIC Board is pleased to announce that the topic of the Seventh Workshop will be on “The Current Status and Future Approaches to Cocoa Variety Development”.

TOPICS: The workshop topics include:
1. List of current best varieties selected and recommended, geneticorigin and main traits;
2. Evidence supporting superiority of these varieties in breeding trials and in farmers’ fields;
3. Distribution and use of recommended varieties including constraints;
4. Future outlook, approaches and needs for selection of new varieties;
5. Potential impact of Cocoa Genome Sequence on cocoa breeding;
6. Progress in mass propagation of superior clones.

PAPERS: The organizers will invite breeders of cocoa research institutes to present papers including the first four topics on Monday 23 October. Invitations will also be made to cover the last two topics to be presented on Sunday 22 October. The full presentations will be posted in pdf format on the INGENIC website and the full papers will be published in the proceedings of the workshop. Abstracts of the papers should be sent to the INGENIC Secretariat before 30 June 2012 and the full papers before 31 August 2012.
Pre-registration for the workshop can be done by providing your name, affiliation and e-mail address to the INGENIC secretariat before 31 July 2012. You will then receive more detailed information on workshop and hotel arrangements. Registration for the INGENIC workshop will be done jointly with INCOPED and INAFORESTA with the fee (75 US$) to be paid in cash or with personal cheques (£ or US$ only) at the registration desk on 22 October 2012 or through prior bank transfer to be arranged with the INGENIC Secretary.

CONTACTS: Secretary of INGENIC: Dr. Michelle End
c/o Cocoa Research Association Ltd.
Room G9, TOB1, Earley Gate
University of Reading, Reading
RG6 6AT, UK
Tel./Fax: (44) 1256 851082,
Email : michelle.end@cocoaresearch.org.uk

Chairman of INGENIC: Dr. Bertus Eskes
CIRAD, T80/02, Av. Agropolis, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
Tel : (33)467612904, E-mail: albertus.eskes@cirad.fr

Chairman of local organizing committee: Dr. Yves Bruno Efombagn
IRAD, BP2067, Yaoundéé, Nkolbisson
Tel : (237)99427646, E-mail : efombagn@yahoo.fr

7th INCOPED SEMINAR
The 7th INCOPED Seminar will be held just after the 17th International COPAL Cocoa Research Conference on Sunday 21 October, 2012 in the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundéé, Indonesia. The Seminar will be organized in collaboration with COPAL, INGENIC and INAFORESTA.

THEME: “Invasive Pests and Diseases in Cocoa Production: Challenges and Opportunities”.

INCOPED is looking forward to participants to use the platform for brainstorming on challenges and opportunities with regard to present and potential pests and diseases in their respective countries and sub regions, and to further strengthen our trans boundary scientific collaborations. It is our hope that after the one-day meeting, a policy document for addressing present and potential cocoa pests and diseases for sustainable cocoa production will be drawn. This is going to be an exciting meeting and we look forward to you being a part of this very group and the opportunities that lie ahead. .
CONTACTS: For any enquiries, contact: The Chairman or the Co-ordinator at the following addresses:
Chairman of 7th INCOPED Seminar: Andrews Y. Akrofi
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
Kotoka International Airport
P.M.B. Accra, Ghana
Tel: (233) 27 609915/609900
(233) 81 22029/22040
Mob: (233) 244715009
Fax.: (233) 27 609901
E-mail: andrews.akrofi@wur.nl / andrewsakrofi@yahoo.com

Co-ordinator of the 7th INCOPED Seminar : Dr Luc Dibog
Entomologist, Central Entomological Laboratory
IRAD
P.O.Box 12 736 Yaoundée, Cameroon
Tel.: (237)99 66 91 26 / 77 86 32 62
Fax.:(237)22 23 74 36
E-mal: lucdibog@yahoo.com
INAFORESTA SYMPOSIUM
The INAFORESTA meeting will take place on October 22nd, 2012 immediately after the 17th International Cocoa Research Conference at the Hilton Hotel, Yaoundéé, Cameroon.

THEME: “Cocoa and the environment”

INAFORESTA, an international scientific group dedicated to the analysis and improvement of the relationships between people, cocoa, trees, forests and the environment.
The INAFORESTA symposium is supported by CATIE; CIRAD; Mars, Incorporated; COPAL and the World Cocoa Foundation.
INAFORESTA scientists will meet in a one-day symposium dedicated to review the state of the art and prospectus in three important environmental themes in cocoa cultivation today: 1) climate change; 2) sustainable cocoa supply; and 3) conservation of biodiversity. A final, wrap up, plenary session will close the symposium.
Each session (2 hours) will include 1 keynote speech (30 minutes), followed 3-4 short, scientific presentations (15 minutes each) and a 15 minutes plenary discussion. Each thematic session will be complemented by posters sessions at the inauguration of the symposium and during coffee breaks. Keynote speeches, short scientific oral presentations, and posters submitted by the participants will be evaluated and selected by a scientific committee to be appointed soon.
A special issue of the international journal Forest Trees and Livelihoods will be prepared with selected papers from the symposium.

REGISTRATION:Registration for the INGENIC workshop will be done jointly with INCOPED and INAFORESTA with the fee (75 US$) to be paid in cash at registration. Updates on registration, submission of contributions, and program of the symposium will be regularly posted at: www.biblioteca.catie.ac.cr/inaforesta.

Contact: For additional information, contact:
Dr Eduardo Somarriba, CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica,
E-mail: esomarri@catie.ac.cr;
Skype: eduardo.somarriba.
Registration forms should be returned to both addresses below on or before 01st September 2012 at the following addresses :
Registration Form   (For Online Registration Click here)
 Name :
 Address :
 Country :
 Date :
  Occupation :
  Organization :
  Address :
 Telephone :
 Fax :
 Email :
1. The Secretary General
(Subject: 17th International Cocoa Research Conference)
Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries
Brick House, National Assembly Complex
Tafawa Balewa Square
P O Box 1718
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-70-9814-1735 / +234-70-9814-1736
Fax: +234-70-9814-1734
E-mail: 17icrc@copal-cpa.org

2. The Chairman
National Organising Committee
17th International Cocoa Research Conference
Ministry of Trade - National Cocoa and Coffee Board
Agronomic Development Research Institute
B.P. 501, Immeuble Rose
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: +237 22 22 00 70 / +237 33 42 42 35
Fax: +237 22 23 90 29 / +237 33 42 00 02
E-mail : oncc2003@yahoo.fr

The Registration fee does not include a copy of the Conference Proceedings, and is payable at Conference venue as follows:
Participants who are nationals of Member Countries of the Alliance US$250.00
Participants from Non-Member Countries US$450.00
This Fee covers the cost of lunches over the 6 days of Conference period.

A late fee of additional US$50.00 will be charged after the deadline for registration.
Institutions are urgently requested to send a list of participants to the host country.

Mode of Payment
Participants are requested to either pay cash at the conference registration or do bank transfer as per bank details given below:
ALLIANCE OF COCOA PRODUCING COUNTRIES.
Account number : 551 283 77
Barclays Bank PLC.
Knightsbridge International Operations Banking Centre
P.O. Box 391
38, Hans Street
London SWIX OLZ, United Kingdom.
SWIFT CODE : BARC GB 22
SORTING CODE : 204735.
IBAN : GB27 BARC 2047 3555 1283 77



The official languages of the Conference are English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these languages only.
All foreigners wishing to enter Indonesia must have a passport valid for minimum six months from the date of arrival along with proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.

Types of visa

Foreigners from countries where Cameroon has no diplomatic or consular representation can obtain a visa from the border police or immigration services at their place of disembarkation.

Delegates involved by this scenario are requested to send a scanned copy of their passport to the National Organising Committee, with copy to the COPAL Secretariat. An official letter can then be established certifying that the entry visa will be issued on arrival. The scanned passport copy should be sent at least thirty days before the travel date.

 Categories  Beneficiary   Validity  Entries and exits
 Transit visa  Foreigner in transit  No more than five days   Several
 Tourist visa   Temporary visitor travelling for pleasure  No more than thirty days   Several
 Temporary visa  Foreigner whose stay is no more than three months  No more than three months   Several
 Long-stay visa  Foreigner whose stay is more than three months  No more than six months   Several


Entry visas may not be moved from one category to another. They cannot be extended except in a case of force majeure or authorised expressly by the Delegate General for National Security.

Except for the long-stay visa, no visa gives the right to exercise a lucrative or professional activity or to study in Cameroon.

Conditions and modalities for issuing entry visas

Transit visa

  1. A passport or any other travel document valid for at least six months;
  2. A valid airline ticket up to the final destination or any other proof of onward travel
  3. A visa or authorisation to enter the country of final destination, if appropriate;
  4. Required international vaccination certificates.

Tourist visa

  1. Passport or any other travel document valid for at least six months;
  2. Return airline ticket or circular ticket or, if appropriate, a customs' clearance certificate;
  3. Required international vaccination certificates;
  4. Documents supporting the purpose of the visit and sufficient subsistence conditions and means for the entire stay;
  5. An accommodation certificate issued by the person providing this or an invitation to an event organised in the national territory or a firm reservation in a hotel for the anticipated time of the stay;
  6. An order of mission, for official missions.

Temporary visa

  1. Passport or any other travel document valid for at least six months;
  2. Return airline ticket or circular ticket or, if appropriate, a customs' clearance certificate;
  3. Required international vaccination certificates;
  4. Documents supporting the purpose of the visit and sufficient subsistence conditions and means for the entire stay;
  5. An accommodation certificate issued by the person providing this stamped by a regionally-competent mayor or an invitation to an event organised in the national territory or a firm reservation in a hotel for the anticipated time of the stay;
  6. An order of mission, for official missions.

Apart from foreigners in transit, the following are considered temporary visitors:

Private visitors: Foreigners who, having elected to stay in Cameroon for pleasure, are accommodated by either a member of their family or by friends.
Tourists: Foreigners who are embarking on a pleasure trip to Cameroon and are staying in an establishment either as individuals or as part of an organised or package tour.
Individuals on mission: Foreigners who come to Cameroon officially as part of their professional activities.
Businessmen: Individuals carrying out a professional activity in their own name for profit, with the exception of artists and men of culture.
Developers: Individuals whose professional activity involves providing capital for economic, scientific, technical, agricultural, pastoral, cultural or sporting investment.
Guests or attendees at an event organised in the national territory: Foreigners who have an individual or collective invitation to take part, personally or in a delegation, in an economic, scientific, technical, agricultural, pastoral, cultural or sporting event.

Conference participants will be met at the Airport by a reception committee. It is important that delegates register as far in advance as possible, indicating by fax or e-mail the date of their arrival, flight number and airline and whether they will be accompanied. Please advise the Secretariat of delegates arriving after these dates who require special assistance. Delegates may also travel by taxi from the airport to the Conference venue and official hotel.

A full programme of activities will be planned for the spouses, in particular visits to the magnificent beaches at Kribi and natural sites around Yaoundé, with BUMA dance shows, typical of pygmies from the south of the tropical rainforest and cultural visits to inland Cameroon.
FURTHER INFORMATION:
Participants should feel free to ask for further information about the Conference. For information on Cameroon, please contact:
The Chairman
National Organising Committee
17th International Cocoa Research Conference
Ministry of Trade - National Cocoa and Coffee Board
Agronomic Development Research Institute
B.P. 501, Immeuble Rose
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: +237 22 22 00 70 / +237 33 42 42 35
Fax: +237 22 23 90 29 / +237 33 42 00 02
E-mail :oncc2003@yahoo.fr

For information related to the Conference, please contact the Secretary General of COPAL in Lagos, Nigeria
The Secretary General
Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries
Brick House, National Assembly Complex
Tafawa Balewa Square
P O Box 1718
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-70-9814-1735 / +234-70-9814-1736
Fax: +234-70-9814-1734
E-mail: 17icrc@copal-cpa.org

Cameroon: Africa in miniature

Cameroon's history is very special as here started the largest human migrations during the last four thousand years. The archaeological, linguistic and genetic data suggests that the Bantu group, today forming one third of the African population, started spreading into Sub-Saharan Africa from Cameroon and Nigeria.

Cameroon is located in Central Africa, at the bottom of the Gulf of Guinea, slightly above the Equator, and extends from Lake Chad to the Atlantic Coast. It is bordered by Chad to the North, the Central African Republic to the East, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the South and Nigeria to the West.

In 1472, the Portuguese navigator, Fernão Pó, dodging the fully-erupting Mount Cameroon (4070 m above sea level), sailed into the opening of the Wouri River which he found to be teeming with prawns. He called this place the Rio dos Camaroes, which would be turned into Camarones by the Spanish and later into Cameroun by the French.

In 1884, Cameroon, which until then had served as a staging post for many traders and missionaries, became a German colony following treaties signed with Duala chiefs. Cameroon was placed under French mandate after the 1918 Armistice. The status of mandate was converted into a trusteeship in 1945. In 1958, the country obtained internal autonomy before becoming independent in 1960.

The first President was Ahmadou Ahidjo, succeeded in 1982 by the current incumbent, Mr Paul Biya.

Covering an area of 472,442 sq. km and with a population of 19,406,100, Cameroon has several large cities, including: Yaoundéé, the country's political capital with a population of nearly two million, is 250 km from the coast and 700 m above sea level and Douala, the economic capital, which has nearly three million inhabitants. It includes the country's main port. There are also the large urban centres of Garoua, Bafoussam, Maroua, Bamenda, Limbe, Kribi, Foumban, Dschang and Kumba.

Cameroon has 240 ethnic groups, divided into three major groups (Bantus, Semi-Bantus and Sudanese). The official languages are French and English, spoken by 70% and 30% of the population respectively. Many citizens also speak Spanish and German. There are over 240 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country.

Added to this ethnic diversity is a geographical diversity, firstly, a combination of tropical forests and savannah and a Sahelian and semi-arid area and secondly, a mountain range and an Atlantic coastal area of 400 km. These ethnic, climatic and geographical diversities make Cameroon Africa in miniature.

Cameroon is a lay State. Christianity and Islam are the two main religions practised here. Animism is also practised by many people.

AGRICULTURE: Cameroonian agriculture

Cameroon is commonly called the "storehouse of Central Africa". It is the main source of food products for countries in the sub-region. The document entitled Development Strategy for the Rural Sector produce the following annual estimates in 2005:

  1. Cereals : 1,686,000 tonnes
  2. Roots and tubers: 3,836,000 tonnes
  3. Legumes: 300,000 tonnes
  4. Oil crops: 239,000 tonnes
  5. Vegetables: 1,405,000 tonnes
  6. Fruit: 2,282,000 tonnes
  7. Palm oil: 177,000 tonnes

Cameroon is also a not insignificant producer of cash crops and agricultural commodities for export, especially bananas, wood, rubber, coffee, cotton and cocoa.

Cocoa growing in Cameroon

Cocoa was introduced in 1887 in the current region of Limbe. The German administration saw in its cultivation an excellent form of promoting the colonial pact. Cocoa is the flagship product of German colonisation. On the eve of the First World War, the current region of Limbe housed the largest known plantation in the world. Covering about 7,800 hectares, it then belonged to the West Afrikanishe Pflanzung Victoria (WAPV). Immediately following the War, the French and British administrations took over the distribution of agricultural commodities. Cocoa continued to hold a dominant place at the side of coffee and other tropical products like cotton, tobacco, bananas, rubber and oil palm.

Incentive measures were then introduced, like the Native Order of Merit Medal for cocoa, then restrictive measures through the indigenousness code and the poll tax. The colonial administration subsequently applied an effective policy of supporting the cultivation of agricultural commodities. Financial aids were granted to develop production, mainly through the creation, equipping and operation of research and agricultural extension centres.

The first annual harvests recorded during the period 1901-1904 amounted to 1,000 tonnes. Immediately following the Second World War, production was 41,000 and achieved 80,000 after independence, mainly during the period 1960-1964. It then increased steadily until the early 1970s, when all the colonial plantations achieved full capacity with production bordering on 120,000 tonnes. The cocoa sector then stagnated until 2008/2009, the year when the 200,000 tonnes mark was crossed. The latest statistics report about 210,000 tonnes recorded in 2009/2010.

The bulk of the cocoa production in Cameroon was for a long time of Trinitario varieties, hybrids combining the hardiness of the Forastero group and the fine aroma of the Criollo group. New crosses from different clones are today produced and popularised by IRAD and SODECAO, two bodies in charge respectively of research and the development of cocoa cultivation. They feature in particular better resistance to black pod and capsids, the main scourges of cocoa in Cameroon. They also have better productivity, some 700 kg to 1000 kg/ ha after eighteen months, against 369 kg/ha after five to six years for the traditional varieties introduced by the colonial administration. Cocoa from Cameroon is renowned for its high butter content and its ochre red colour ideal for manufacturing cocoa powder, all qualities which make it a sought-after commodity for the processors.

Cocoa is Cameroon's main export crop. Cocoa cultivation is a traditional activity as well as a major source of employment in rural areas. In 1986/87, there were 453,000 hectares planted. Along with coffee, cocoa provides a livelihood for over 600,000 farmers, benefits six million people directly or indirectly and accounts for 40% of exports by the primary sector.

The cocoa sector in Cameroon is fully liberalised. Five national bodies help supervise it:

• The National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB), an administrative body responsible among other things of monitoring the export quality and representing the State in the international cocoa and coffee organisations.
• The Cocoa and Coffee Inter-Professional Board (CICC), a joint body grouping the professional organisations of Agriculture, Trade, Industry and the Services of the Cocoa and Coffee sectors. Its role is to stabilise the internal cocoa and coffee market and organise it efficiently.
• The Cocoa and Coffee Development Fund (FODECC), with the mission of providing financial support services to cocoa- and coffee-related projects.
•The Development Research Institute (IRAD), whose mission, for all agricultural products, is to improve the quality and production of the basic seed.
• The Cocoa Development Company (SODECAO), which broadcasts in rural areas the results of cocoa research.

Geography and History:

Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, is located in the South of the Centre Province. It is a green city crossed by small water courses and straddling a range of seven hills. It has an average temperature of 23C in October. It covers an area of 304 sq. km broken down into seven areas housing over a hundred districts.

Created on November 30, 1989, Yaoundé was a German military post which expanded thanks to the German traders who had made it their base for the ivory trade. The city was occupied by Belgian troops during the First World War before being placed under French protectorate at the end of the Great War. Yaoundé experienced a constant exodus from 1957 onwards due to the cocoa crisis and social and political troubles affecting Doula, then the main city.

Administration, Economy and Teaching:

Yaoundé houses the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon, the ministerial buildings and the departments of the Governor of the Centre Province. It is the headquarters of such international institutions as the Bank of Central African States.

It is essentially a service sector city with a main shopping centre around Avenue Kennedy and several markets, the largest being the Central market, the Mokolo market and the Mfoundi market, where you can breathe in the ambience of a tropical market.

Yaoundé is the headquarters of two State universities: the universities of Yaoundé I and Yaoundé II; attached to these are a variety of higher education establishments - Ecole Nationale Suprieure Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale Suprieure Agronomique, Ecole Suprieure des Travaux Publics, Ecole Normale Suprieure, Institut International des Relations Internationales and Ecole Suprieure des Sciences et Techniques de l'Information et de la Communication.

The Cameroon capital is also home to private higher education establishments like the Catholic University of Central Africa, the Protestant University of Central Africa, the University of South Yaoundé Ndi Samba and the Institute Siantou Suprieur.

Heritage and Tourism:

The city has a refurbished road network which is currently being widened following work undertaken in recent years by the urban community of Yaoundé. The most striking buildings include the headquarters of the BEAC, the tower of the Socit Nationale d'Investissements, the Hilton Hotel, the Presidency of the Republic, the Palais des Congrs, the Mont Fébé Hotel and the ministerial buildings.

There are public gardens near City Hall, in the Fb district, around the Charles Atangana monument in the city centre and all around the Palais des Congrs.
There are also a few amusement parks like the Kiriakides parks in the Djoungolo district and Bois Sainte-Anastaise located at the Warda crossroads. Without being exhaustive, sites or monuments listed below are well worth a visit:

National Museum, in the city centre
Reunification Monument, near the National Assembly
Mont Fb.
The historic building of the Ewondo chiefdom in the Efoulan district.
The zoo and botanical gardens of Mvog-Beti.
Notre-Dame des Victoires Cathedral located in the city centre.
The Cameroonian cultural centre in the Nlongkak district.
The Museum of Cameroon Art in the Benedictine Monastery on Mont Fb.
The steles of Dr Eugne Jamot.
The Cameroon Presbyterian Chapel of Djoungolo.
The Charles Atangana Palace.

Shopping and Leisure activities:


The craft market in the Mont Ane-rouge in the city centre is the place for foreign visitors to acquire works typical of the Cameroon cultural heritage.

There are cabarets with shows where local artists perform live on stage. One of the most popular is La Terre Battue.

Yaoundé also has several night clubs, the best known being the Katios, the Sanza, the Safari, the Mvet and the Balafon.

Climate and Clothing:

Yaoundé has such a mild and pleasant climate the whole year around. Sunny days during the rainy season, between August and October, tropical storms will alternate with the blue sky and the sun. The average daily temperature in Yaoundé is about 27 C (81 F) and 23 C in October. The relative humidity is high, around 88%. There is comparatively little difference between the daytime and night time temperatures. Light clothing is recommended for during the day, but a light jacket or sweater is usually necessary in the evening.

Transport:

Airport taxis will take you to your hotel. We recommend using the yellow city taxis. Taxis can be rented through the hotel concierge. A city taxi pick-up costs 200 FCFA, about €0.30. The price should be agreed for an individual trip in the city, but it is normally 1500 FCFA per hour (€2.30 minimum). The journey to the airport costs 3500 FCFA (€5.50) during the day and 5000 FCFA (€8) at night after 6 p.m.

A wide range of recommended hotel accommodation is available in Yaoundé, Douala and other big cities. Yaoundé, the city of seven hills, offers all categories of accommodation, from safe, comfortable hotels for those on a tight budget to standard international and luxury hotels.

Special room rates (inclusive Tax) have been obtained for all participants of the Conference as well as the INGENIC Workshop, INCOPED Seminar and INAFORESTA Symposium at the Conference venue: Hilton Hotel.

All hotel bookings are on first come first served basis. For reservations, the participants for the Conference / INGENIC workshop / INCOPED seminar / INAFORESTA Symposium are advised to contact the hotel directly and inform the Secretariat of COPAL and the National Organizing Committee.

Transport between hotels and Hilton Hotel will be provided by the National Organising Committee during the Conference / INGENIC Workshop / INCOPED Seminar/ INAFORESTA Symposium.

HILTON HOTEL (5 stars)
Boulevard du 20 Mai
B.P. 11852 Yaoundéé, Cameroun
Tel: (237) 223 36 46 Fax: (237) 222 32 10
Email: reservations.Yaoundée@hilton.com
Contact: Mme OWONA Christiane

Negotiated tariffs (excluding breakfast)
Standard Room: Single: FCFA 102,000 inc. tax; Double: FCFA 112,000 inc. tax
Executive Room: Single: FCFA 169,900 inc. tax; Double: FCFA 179,900 inc. tax
Alcove room on standard floor: FCFA 139,000 inc. tax
Alcove suite on standard floor: FCFA 285,000 inc. tax
Alcove suite on Executive floor: FCFA 316,000 inc. tax

Other Hotels:

1. HOTEL MONT FEBE (4 stars)
B.P. 711 Yaoundéé, Cameroun
Tel: +237 22 21 40 02
Fax: +237 22 21 60 70
Email : info@hotel-montfebe.com
www.hotel-montfebe.com
Contact : Mrs Maureen NYUYKI : Tel : +237 96 20 58

Negotiated tariffs (excluding breakfast)
Mountain room (without bath): FCFA 60,000
Alcove room (with bath): FCFA 68,000
Continental breakfast: FCFA 5,800
Buffet breakfast: FCFA 7,000

2. HOTEL DJEUGA (4 stars)
Avenue NARVICK
BP: 2659 Yaoundéé
Tel: +237 22 22 46 46/ 22 22 64 57
Fax:+ 237 22 22 47 00/22 22 64 26
E-mail: reservation@djeuga.com / manager@djeuga.com
Site: www.djeuga.com
Contact : Claire Françoise NLEND

Negotiated tariffs (excluding breakfast)
Single or double comfort room: FCFA 52,500
Junior Suite: FCFA 90,000
Senior Suite: FCFA 130,000
Light buffet breakfast: FCFA 6,500
Light Continental breakfast: FCFA 9,500

3. PRESTIGE HOTEL (2 stars)
B.P. 2697 Yaoundéé
Tel: +237 22 22 60 55
Fax: +237 22 22 60 40
E-mail: info.prestigehotel@yahoo.fr
Site: www.prestigehotel.biz


Negotiated tariffs (excluding breakfast)
Single room: FCFA 22,800
Room with bath: FCFA 25,900
Apartment: FCFA 32,300
Twin-bedded room: FCFA 35,500

Restaurents

Foreign visitors to Cameroon will find international cuisine in the large hotel centres and restaurants in the large cities. However, Cameroon gastronomy is especially varied (fish, meat, fresh vegetables and fruit) and is worth tasting.

The local currency is the franc CFA, which has a fixed parity with the Euro (1 Euro = 656 FCFA). The rate for other currencies is updated every day. You can change currency at the airport, hotels and banks and approved bureaux de change. Banks are normally open from 7.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will find cash points in different locations. It is not safe to change money on the streets.

For more information contact

Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries,
National Assembly Complex,
Tafawa Balewa Square, P. O. Box 1718, Lagos, Nigeria.
Tel: +234-70-9814-1735 / +234-70-9814-1736.
Fax: +234-70-9814-1734.
Email:17icrc@copal-cpa.org

 

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