Table 1

Recommendations for the development of the Ricinodendron heudelotii sector in Ivory Coast.

Intervention level Expected results Recommended actions Possible support structures
Information and awareness Information and raising of the awareness of the population and farmers about agroforestry and reforestation.

Creation of R. heudelotii plantations.

Promotion of the cultivation of R. heudelotii.
Raising awareness of the nutritional and market value of the seeds.
Organization of information and awareness-raising sessions on the importance of reforestation for combating the effects of climate change.
Training of farmers and cocoa tree growers in good practice for the use of R. heudelotii in agroforestry.
Creation of R. heudelotii nurseries.
Agricultural cooperatives
Rainforest ALLIANCE, Coffee and Cocoa Council

Agricultural cooperatives
Agricultural cooperatives
Production Ensuring the availability of seeds and kernels. Collection of seeds for domestication.

Organization of women into agricultural cooperatives for the harvesting and processing of the fruit.
Agricultural cooperatives
Agricultural cooperatives
Development partners
Transformation Modernization of seed crushing for the production of R. heudelotii seed kernels.
Development of oil extraction methods.
Creation of a R. heudelotii seed-crushing unit in production areas.

Creation of a kernel-pressing unit for oil extraction.
Agricultural cooperatives
General Council
Partners in industrial development.
Scientific research Shortening of production processes and reduction of R. heudelotii tree height.
Identification of opportunities for co-product valorization through the development of transformation processes: valorization of seed constituents (oil, cake, shell) as products of higher added value.
Research projects: in agronomy, on the production processes for the oil and co-products (cake, husks) of R. heudelotii, on the processes for transforming the oil and co-products (cake, husks) of R. heudelotii. FIRCA
Industrial valorization Development of added value for seed constituents: oil, cake, husks. Formulation of agri-food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and agromaterial products. Industry partners
Marketing Increasing the incomes of producers and traders. Definition of the modes for setting and controlling the prices of R. heudelotii seeds and kernels. Traders
State-owned companies

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