Rubber Project

Projects submitted by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) with CFC funding







Enhancing incomes of smallholder rubber farmers in west and central Africa

US$ 2,980,134


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana


The project aims to facilitate a transfer of the technology and processes observed in Asia, to improve the livelihoods of African smallholders. More specifically, the project emphasises the adoption of better farming and handling practices, the improvement of the supply chain and the use of inter-cropping as a way of diversifying the rubber farmer’s income.


Management of Corynespora Rubber Leaf disease in Africa

US$ 150,000



Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria

Fast track project approved and implemented in 2008

The objective of the project was to provide the countries concerned with the techniques and expertise to control and manage the rubber leaf disease, namely by implementing lessons previously learned in Asia, through a pragmatic and systematic approach.


African rubber quality improvement

US$ 5,235,572


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria

Project was approved for funding in December 1995


Completed in 2002

The project aimed to improve the quality of African rubber through the implementation of more rigorous processing, storage and shipment standards. The project also involved building the capacity of producing countries’ rubber research laboratories to grade and certify quality. Finally, the project envisaged the establishment of a natural rubber quality label for the African region.


Rubber packaging II

US$ 385,000



Côte d’Ivoire & Malaysia

Approved in December 1994


Completed in 2002

This project is a follow-up of the Shipping Containers Rubber I project and sought to address the commercialisation of the new, timber free packaging. Contacts were namely established successfully with various interest groups in consuming and producing countries of natural and synthetic rubber.


Shipping containers rubber I

US$ 88,604


Côte d’Ivoire & Malaysia

Approved in December 1991


Completed in 1994

The Common Fund website states: “The primary objective of the project was the development of timber free packaging for rubber to reduce contamination of rubber and eliminate the problems and associated costs of disposal of the commonly used chemically treated timber crates.”