Project on the improvement and control of African natural rubber quality : UNOPS/CFC meeting in Cameroon, 18th to 23rd June 2001

Palu Serge. 2001. Project on the improvement and control of African natural rubber quality : UNOPS/CFC meeting in Cameroon, 18th to 23rd June 2001. Montpellier : CIRAD-CP, 56 p. N° de rapport : CP_SIC 1394

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Abstract : The operational topics programmed for this workshop between technologists from natural rubber quality control laboratories were primarily intended to relaunch the ANRA/CFC-INRO project, which was halted in 2000 after a CFC audit, due to poor project management. The project on the Improvement and Control of African Natural Rubber Quality resumed in 2001, under the management control of UNOPS, a United Nations organization, which now manages the budget up to the end of the project, scheduled for 2002. CIRAD is involved as technical consultant to assist in project operations. A seminar was organized from 16th to 30th June in Cameroon, in order to relaunch the UNOPS/CFC project. Researchers from CIRAD were invited to attend. The main topics covered during this mission to relaunch the UNOPS/CFC project were as follows: - Assessment of the results of the inter-laboratory proficiency tests (IPT) between the laboratories at CATH in Gabon, CNRA-Bimbresso in Côte d'lvoire, RRIN-Benin City in Nigeria, NRRP-Ekona in Cameroon and CIRAD-CP in Montpellier, - Comparison of variability between the laboratories using JUMP software for statistical interpretation of the results, - Organization of new inter-laboratory proficiency tests including the participation of laboratories at natural rubber factories in West African countries, - Further information on statistical interpretation of the result, - Operational assessment of the equipment provided to the African laboratories under the UNOPS/CFC-lNRO project, and estimates of the additional laboratory equipment and chemicals that would need to be purchased under the new UNOPS/CFC protocol, - Comparison of the quality of rubber produced by African smallholders with production conditions for Asian smallholders (Indonesia and Vietnam). (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Cameroun

Classification Agris : Q60 - Processing of non-food or non-feed agricultural products
E14 - Development economics and policies
U10 - Mathematical and statistical methods

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Palu Serge, CIRAD-CP-HEVEA (FRA)

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