Centre National de Recherche Agronomique

Côte d’Ivoire ( Africa/Europe )

National collections

  • Left: Cacao research in Côte d'Ivoire; Right: Cacao in Côte d'Ivoire (Photos taken from CNRA website)


  • Year of founding: 1973
  • Role of collection: Regional collection
  • Main objectives of the collection:

    The collection of cocoa plant material represents the base of work for the cocoa breeder. The CNRA currently lays out of more than 1000 clonal accessions in its collection. Thus, the establishment of a collection initially aims at preserving the available accessions.
    Also, CNRA collection which includes cultivated species and wild species represents an important tank to seek and find genes of agronomic interest necessary to improve some interest traits in Côte d'Ivoire: yield, resistance to capsids (mirides) and to black pod disease but also, resistance to swollen shoot and to drought which are becoming increasingly more important criteria in CNRA breeding programme.


Collection Address

Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)
Km 17, Route de Dabou, 
01 B.P. 1740 Abidjan 01
Côte d'Ivoire

Tahi Gnion Mathias


Total number of accessions: - 1605
Related Theobroma species - 6
Wild relatives of other genera (e.g. Herrania) - 1
Wild seedling accessions of T. cacao - 92
Wild clonal accessions of T. cacao - 445
Clonal accessions selected in farms - 18
Seedling accessions collected from farms - 604
Clonal accessions selected in breeding plots - 315
Other - 48

Additional notes about the collection

The double haploids and the outstanding local accessions collected in farmers’ field tolerant to pests and diseases are unique.

More Information

Cultiver le cacaoyer en Côte d’Ivoire - Fiche technique