Global Leaders to Promote Quality Sustainability in Cocoa Production

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The world’s leading cocoa producer Côte d’Ivoire will host global leaders for a two-day meeting to address critical issues facing sustainability in the chocolate and cocoa sector worldwide.

The Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair will feature prominent speakers across the sector including government, civil society, academia, research institutes, public and private sector representatives under the theme: People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World.

The meeting which will be co-hosted by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and le Conseil du Café-Cacao will focus on identifying how the global cocoa sector can make a lasting, positive impact in cocoa communities.

It will include a field visit to cocoa farms and the Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair where companies will showcase their projects and products related to sustainable and responsible cocoa.

WCF is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector by providing farmers in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Americas with the necessary support to grow more quality cocoa and socially and economically strengthen their communities.

Its members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers and other companies worldwide, representing over 80 per cent of the global cocoa market.

Approximately 70 per cent of the world’s cocoa comes from West and Central Africa with the vast majority grown on nearly two million smallholder farms by independent farming families that face challenges ranging from low yields, pests, crop diseases to difficulty obtaining farming supplies and limited access to credit.

WCF works to address these and other issues facing rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa through active programming in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.

The 2016 Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair will be held at the Radisson Blu in Abidjan,Côte d’Ivoire on October 26-27, 2016.

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