This report covers cacao production, how cacao farmers acquire, utilise and transfer technical knowledge as well as providing an understanding of the global cacao value chain. Information was obtained through interviews with farmers (n=50) and additional value chain actors. The primary knowledge transfer pathways identified are through family, friends and neighbours. Trainee programs are recognised as an important tool with the following key areas for technology transfer: management options for cocoa pod borer, grafting and cutting techniques, improved understanding of the importance of cacao fermentation and drying. The report identifies additional suggestions to achieve improvements in the cacao value chain such as farmer cooperatives. These provide for direct marketing from cooperatives to buyers, are supported with technology and technical information and also provide a conduit for training.

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