The Role of Boron in Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Cacao Systems in Sulawesi, Indonesia

We implement a project that adds value and strengthens activities of IPNI, Cocoa Care and fertilizer industry partners in sustainable intensification of cacao production systems. Specifically, we execute a three (3) year project to support cacao on farm research and market development on Boron (B) commencing in August 2016, in Soppeng, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The project will help quantifying the effectiveness of balanced fertilizer applications that include B to increase cocoa farm productivity, improve cacao bean quality and increase cacao farm income in a typical Indonesian small-holder cacao farming system, and develop a model for rapid up-scaling of the findings to other cacao growers. The results will strengthen an existing IPNI Cocoa Care project with smallholder cacao farmers in South Sulawesi.


Noel Janetski, PT Community Solutions International, Cocoa Care program

Thomas Oberthur, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)
Southeast Asia Program

Weng Kee Ch'ng, Rio Tinto Minerals