Conference Programme

Day 1: Sunday 22 May

08:30 Conference Registration and Exhibition Opens

Cocoa Producers’ Forum

The Cocoa Producers’ Forum, organized by the ICCO prior to the opening of the World Cocoa Conference, is an opportunity for cocoa farmers from all over the world share experiences and facilitate the harmonization of positions of cocoa producers from all regions. This Forum is free of charge but is open only to cocoa farmers attending the World Cocoa Conference.

Moderator: Mr. Aly Toure, Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to International Commodity Bodies & Spokesman for Cocoa Exporting Countries at the ICCO

09:00 Welcome Remarks

Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
Mr. Aly Toure, Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to International Commodity Bodies & Spokesman for Cocoa Exporting Countries at the ICCO
Mr. Isidoro de la Rosa, Executive Director, CONACADO, Dominican Republic

09:30 Progress and future of cocoa growing: regional experiences

Presentations
- African experience and prospect
- Asian experience and prospect
- Caribbean experience and prospect
- Latin American experience and prospect
 
Panel discussions and Q&A session

 

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Strengthening the voice of cocoa farmers on the global stage

Panel discussions and Q&A session

16:30 End of Day's Session

16:30 -18:00 Official Inauguration of the Exhibition and Reception

Hector Jose Rizek Sued, Director, Comisión Nacional Del Cacao
Dr Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

Day 2: Monday 23 May

08:00 Registration

Official Opening Ceremony and Welcome Speeches

09:30 Welcoming Remarks

In the presence of H.E. Mr. Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of The Dominican Republic

Welcome Address
H.E. Ing. Agró. Ángel Estévez Bourdierd, Minister of Agriculture, The Dominican Republic
Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
H.E. Mr Armand Armand Tafazy,
Minister of Trade and Consumption, Madagascar
HE Mr. Jean-Louis Billon, Minister of Commerce, Côte d’Ivoire

11:00 Keynote Presentation

Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

11:30 Press Conference and Official Photographs

12:00 Lunch

PLENARY SESSION
Road to Sustainability: Implementation of the Global Cocoa Agenda

14:00 Opening Address

Dr. Jean Alain Rodríguez, Executive Director, CEI-RD, Dominican Republic

14:15 Road to Sustainability: Progress by Cocoa Producing Countries on their National Cocoa Strategies

Moderator: Mr Alex Bruijnis, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands – EU Chair of the Commodities Working Party - Chairman, International Cocoa Council (ICCO)

Keynote Presentation

H.E. Ing. Agró. Ángel Estévez Bourdierd, Minister of Agriculture, the Dominican Republic

Presentation
Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President, Afreximbank

Panellists:
HE. Luis K. Valverde, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Aquaculture, Ecuador
Dr. Francis Baah, Executive Director, Cocoa Health and Extension Division, Ghana Cocoa Board
Massandje Touré-Litse,
Director General, Conseil Café Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire
Mr Miguel Obando
, Deputy Secretary, Nicaraguan Institute for Agricultural and Livestock Technology (INTA), Nicaragua

15:45 Cocoa Break

16:00 Road to Sustainability: Experience from Cocoa Farmers

Moderator: Ms. Cathy Pieters, Director, Cocoa Life Program, Mondelēz International

Keynote Presentation

Mr. Toussaint N’Guessan, President, World Cocoa Producers’ Organization (WCPO/OMCC)

Panellists
Mr. Isidoro de la Rosa, President, CONACADO, Dominican Republic
Ing. Freddy Benito Cabello Luna
, UNOCACE, Ecuador
Mr. Saud Alfian, PEKANOS, Malaysia

17:00 Road to Sustainability: Initiatives by the Industry - Scaling Impact through Alignment and Partnerships

Moderator: Mr. Omer Gatien Maledy, Executive Secretary, Interprofessional Cocoa and Coffee Council (CICC), Cameroon

Keynote Presentation

Mr. Barry Parkin, Chairman, World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

Panellists:
Mr. Nicko Debenham, VP Global Cocoa Sustainability & MD Biolands Group, Barry Callebaut
Mr. Taco Terheijden, Director Cocoa Sustainability, Cargill
Mr. Simon Brayn-Smith, Director of Cocoa Sustainability, Olam International
Ms. Cathy Pieters, Director, Cocoa Life Program, Mondelēz International

18:15 End of Conference Session

18:30 – 20:30 Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Networking Event
(Santo Domingo Room, Bávaro Convention Center)

Get inspired by food and chocolate journalist Simran Sethi in a lively discussion with Massandje Touré-Litse, Cathy Pieters and Maricel Presilla about their love for chocolate and the cocoa and chocolate community.

This side event is organized by the ICCO and Solidaridad, to introduce women to their peers in the sector, to let them be better connected and strengthen their networks but also to enjoy chocolate and wine, whilst being a part of the launch of WINCC. 

The event is free of charge and all registered female participants at the World Cocoa Conference will be most welcome!
 

Day 3: Tuesday 24 May

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1: The Future of Production
A Transformational Agenda For Cocoa Production

Moderator: Dr. Martin Gilmour, Cocoa Sustainability R&D Director, Mars Global Chocolate

08:30 Introduction

09:00 Mapping Cropping Systems and Farming Practices

  • Cocoa farm models/cropping systems
  • Farming practices
  • Large commercial estates vs smallholder family farming

Dr Philippe Bastide, Advisor for Cocoa Matters, CIRAD

Panellists
Mr. Manfred Borer, Programme Director, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation (Swisscontact)
Professor Paul Hadley, Director, Centre for Horticulture, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading
Dr. Verina Ingram, Assistant Professor, Wageningen UR
Mr. Claro Blacio, General Manager, International Agribusiness Consulting, Ecuador

10:15 Cocoa Break

10:30 Improved Planting Material for Superior Flavour and Yields

  • What are the best planting materials available and how can they be accessed?
  • The diversity of cocoa varieties: quality and flavour attributes
  • Boosting the production and the propagation of improved planting material: what should be the role of governments and private initiatives?
  • Guaranteeing safe movement of planting material between countries and regions
  • Funding of R&D

Ms Brigitte Laliberté, Scientist, Bioversity International

Panellists
Dr Yté Wongbé, General Director, CNRA, Côte d’Ivoire
Dr. Wilbert Phillips-Mora, Head, Cacao Genetic Improvement Program, CATIE
Mr. Haya Ramba, Director of Biology Division, Malaysian Cocoa Board
 

11:30 Controlling Pests and Diseases: The Main Threat to the Expansion of the Cocoa Sector

Keynote Presentation

STDF film on the cocoa value chain & SPS requirements

With introduction by Mr. Pablo Jenkins, Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), World Trade Organization (WTO)

Presentation by Dr Klaus Gehmann, Technical Excellence Lead Africa & Middle-East, Syngenta Crop Protection AG

Panellists
Dr. Jayne Crozier, Trade and Commodities Coordinator, CABI
Dr. H. K Dzahini-Obiatey, Chief Research Scientist, Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana
Mr. Tony Lass MBE, Chairman, Cocoa Research Association (CRA)

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Assessing Soil Fertility and Improving Fertilization

Mr. Rolando Ureña Aguilar, Commercial and Technical Manager Emerging Markets, Crop Nutrition, Yara

Panellists
Dr. François Ruf, Economist, CIRAD
Mr. Jonas Mva Mva
, Director Sustainable Development, Chocolat Cémoi
Mr. Mathias Massande
, Cooperative Mokabo, Gabon

15:30 Ground-breaking Innovations in Cocoa Farming

Presentation by Mr. Angelo Calmon de Sá, Agricola Cantagalo, Brazil

Panellists
Mr. Tony Lass MBE, Chairman, Cocoa Research Association (CRA)
Mr Jose Jarrin, Country Manager, Netafim Ecuador S.A.

16:30 End of Conference Session

Track 2 Markets & Trading

Market outlook and market structure

08:30 Introduction

Ms Judith Ganes, President, J. Ganes Consulting, LLC

09:00 Outlook for Cocoa Supply Around the World

General overview
Mr. Laurent Pipitone, Director of the Economics and Statistics Division, ICCO

Africa production: reinforcing its dominant position
Ms. Pamela Thornton, Armajaro Asset Management LLP

Asia production: can we still be optimistic?
Mr. Frédéric Wenger, Head of Research, Cocoa, Olam International

Latin America and Caribbean production: how far can they go?
Mr. Douglas Hawkins, Managing Director, Hardman Agribusiness

Panel session with all speakers

11:00 Cocoa Break

11:15 Competition, Structure and Pricing in the Cocoa and Chocolate Sector

Mr. Job Leuning, Sourcing Director, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
Mr. Gary Guittard, CEO & President, Guittard Chocolate Company

Panellist
Mr. Michiel Hendriksz, Executive Director, FarmStrong Foundation
Mr José Tomas Cedeño Cedeño
, cooperative UNPROCAFA, Ecuador

12:30 Lunch

14:30 An introduction to Cocoa Futures Markets (Seminar)

General introduction by Ms Judith Ganes, President, J. Ganes Consulting, LLC

Mr. Albert Scalla, Senior Vice President, INTL FCStone Inc.

Cocoa futures markets play an important role in the functioning of the world cocoa economy, by facilitating price risk shifting (hedging) and acting as a centre for the collection and dissemination of information on world cocoa bean prices.  This seminar intends to provide participants, who have basic economic or financial knowledge, with a better understanding of the role and functioning of cocoa futures markets.  The seminar is open to all Conference participants

16:30 End of Conference Session

 

Track 3 Strengthening Sustainability
Better incomes and livelihoods for farmers

08:30 Introduction

Mr. Edmond Konan, CEO of GBCC and Chair, CEN/ISO 415 Management Working Group

09:00 Can Cocoa Really Provide a Living Income for Smallholder Growers?

Mr. Antonie Fountain, Managing Director, VOICE Network

Panellists
Hon. Abraham Adusei, Award-winning cocoa farmer, Ghana
Mr. Sona Ebai, Chief of Party -African Cocoa Initiative, WCF
Mr. Victor Ganoza
, Country Director, Technoserve, Peru
Dr. Anna Laven, Senior Advisor, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

10:00 Cocoa Break

10:15 Public-Private-Partnership Platforms: How Farmers Benefit

Mr. Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head Green Commodities Programme & Lead Natural Resource Economist, UNDP

Panellists
Mr. Edouard Kouassi N’Guessan, Deputy Director General, Production Sustainability and Technical Operations, Conseil Café-Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire
Ing. Juan A. Cuello Ortiz, Executive Secretary, Comisión Nacional del Cacao, Dominican Republic
Mr. Sayina Riman, President, Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN)
Mr. Evans Tagbor
, President, Akuafo Anigye Young Cocoa Farmers Association, Ghana

11:15 Child Labour: Upscaling on Successful Experiences

Mr. Nick Weatherill, Executive Director, International Cocoa Initiative

Panellists
Mr. Emmanuel A Opoku, Deputy Director, Research (M&E), Ghana Cocoa Board, Ghana
Mr. Amani Konan, National Consultant, Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Ms Aarti Kapoor, Managing Director, Embode

12:30 Lunch

14:30 Raising Women’s Voice and Attracting the Young Generation

Ms. Marina Korchynsky Morari, General Manager Community Development, Cocoa Sustainability, Barry Callebaut Sourcing 

Panellists
Mr. Fred Frimpong, Programme Manager “MASO” Ghana, Solidaridad
Ms Noemi Crisostomo,
Vice-President, Chocolate de la Cuenca de Altamira (CHOCAL), the Dominican Republic
Ms Mireille Madeleine Kende, cocoa farmer, Cameroon
Ms Solange N'Guessan Kouame, Executive Director, Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of San Pedro (UCAS), Côte d’Ivoire
Ms Elvira Ac Macz, Community Cloudforest Conservation, Guatemala

15:30 Adapting to Climate Change and Benefiting from Environmental Schemes

Mr. Christian Bunn, Researcher, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Panellists
Mr. Cedric van Cutsem, Cocoa Life Operations Manager, Mondelēz International
Mr. Jeffrey Hayward
, Vice President, Design and Innovation, Global Climate Lead, Rainforest Alliance
Mr Joseph Larrose, Director, Sustainable Sourcing Department, Touton
Ms Amelia Quispe Macarco
, Cooperative APECMU, Peru

16:30 Cocoa Break and End of Day's Session

Day 4: Wednesday 25 May

Track 1 The Future of Production
The “de-commoditization” of cocoa and product developments in chocolate

08:30 Introduction

Moderator: Mr. Conradin Rasi, Deputy Head of the Economic, Finance, Science and Innovation Section, Embassy of Switzerland, London

09:00 The Production of Fine / Flavour and Organic Cocoa

Mr. Federico Vignati, Principal Executive – Department of Environment and Climate Change, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
Mr. Jose Iturrios Padilla, Director, Peru Cocoa Alliance

Panellists
Mr. Vernon Barrett, Director, The Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum
Mr. Martin Christy, Chair, Cacao Direct and Founder of Seventy%
Mr. Jorge Redmond, President/CEO, Chocolate El Rey

10:30 Cocoa Break

11:00 Improving Market Access and Promoting Quality and Origin-identified Cocoas

  • Marketing of origin-differentiated cocoas
  • Developing market access and export opportunities for cocoa and chocolate SMEs through branding, packaging and labelling
  • How can your product access premium-end retailers’ shelves?

Mr. Edward Seguine, Consultant, Guittard Chocolate / Seguine Cacao​

Panellists
Dr. Darin Sukha, Research Fellow/Food Technologist, Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Mr. Escipion Oliveira, Deputy Executive Director, The Caribbean Export Development Agency
Mr. Pierre Costet,
Taste Master, Valrhona

12:30 Lunch
 

Track 2 Markets & Trading
Demand prospect and product development for cocoa and chocolate around the world

Moderator: Ms. Simran Sethi, Author, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love

08:30 Introduction

09:00 Stimulating innovation in cocoa post-harvesting methods for quality chocolate

Official launch of the CAOBISCO/ECA/FCC “Cocoa Beans: Cocoa & Chocolate Industry Quality Requirements” publication

Dr. Martin Gilmour, Cocoa Sustainability R&D Director, Mars Global Chocolate
Ms. Sabine Nafziger,
Secretary General, Caobisco
Ms. Catherine Entzminger,
General Secretary, European Cocoa Association

Presentation
Ms. Naailah Aminah Ali, Contract Officer, Food Technology Section, Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Mr. Gricha Safarian, Managing Director, Puratos Grand-Place
Ms Marie-Amélie Ormières
, Cocoa Sourcing and Sustainability Manager, Puratos Group
     

10:30 Cocoa Break

11:00 The Future of Chocolate in a Challenging Economic Environment

  • Trends in mature markets
  • Trends in emerging and BRICS economies
  • Trends in Latin America
  • Trends in cocoa producing countries
  • Health & nutrition aspects of cocoa consumption

Mr. Jack Skelly, Food Analyst, Euromonitor International

Panellist
Dr. Torben Erbrath, Director, BDSI, Germany
Mr Eduardo A. Cortés Shehab
, Vice President of Operations, Cortés Hermanos & Co.
Ms. Amy Guittard, Director of Marketing, Guittard Chocolate Company
 

12:30 Lunch

Track 3 Strengthening Sustainability Measuring and financing progress towards achieving a sustainable cocoa economy

08:30 Introduction - Three Key Sustainability Trends You Should Know About: Directions in the Future of Cocoa

Daniele Giovannucci, President, Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)​

09:00 Sustainability: How the Roles of Certification and Standards are Now Evolving 

Mr. Han Loke Fong, Senior Economist, ICCO

Panellists
Mr. Jack Steijn, Chair, CEN/ISO committees on sustainable and traceable cocoa
Mr. Matthew Lynch, Consultant, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Mr. Han de Groot, Executive Director, UTZ

10:15 Cocoa Break

10:30 Key Performance Indicators in Measuring Progress Towards Sustainability and the Implementation of the Global Cocoa Agenda

Mr. Lucas Simons, Founder & CEO, Newforesight

Panellists
Mr. Christian Robin, Programme Manager, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
Mr. Assamoi Robert Yapo, Director for Sustainability, Partnerships and Projects, Conseil Café-Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire
Ms. Jennifer Golden, Monitoring & Evaluation Team Manager, WCF
Mr. Jean-Marie Delon, Cocoa Sustainability Lead, Côte d’Ivoire, Cargill

11:45 Sustainability Fund: A Feasible Mechanism to Benefit Farmers?

Mr. Friedel Hütz-Adams, Senior Researcher, Südwind e.V

Panellists
Mr. Dick de Graff, Coordinator, Cocoa Steering Committee, EFFAT
Ms. Sabine Nafziger, Secretary General, Caobisco
Mr. Sona Ebai
, Chief of Party -African Cocoa Initiative, WCF
 

13:00 Lunch

PLENARY SESSION
Building Bridges and Aligning Efforts Towards a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

Moderator: Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

14:30 Co-ordinating Efforts and Measuring Progress

  • Improving Co-ordination in the Cocoa Sector: the role of the ICCO Consultative Board
  • Funding the efforts to enhance the sector sustainability
Panellists
Mr Alex Bruijnis, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands – EU Chair of the Commodities Working Party - Chairman, International Cocoa Council (ICCO)
Dr. Martin Gilmour, Cocoa Sustainability R&D Director, Mars Global Chocolate & Chair of the WCC3 Technical Committee
Mr. Tim McCoy, Acting President, WCF
Mr. Aly Toure
, Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to International Commodity Bodies & Spokesman for Cocoa Exporting Countries at the ICCO
Mr. Antonie Fountain, Managing Director, VOICE Network

15:45 Cocoa Break

Conclusion of the Conference and Closing Ceremony

16:15 Remarks by Special Guest of Honour

Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), on behalf of the Secretary-General Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes

16:30 Adoption of Recommendations

17:00 Closing Remarks and Official Announcement of the Host Country for The Fourth World Cocoa Conference in 2018

Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO

17:45 Press Conference

GALA DINNER
19:30 hrs, Wednesday, Hotel Bávaro Palace
 

Day 5: THURSDAY, 26 May 2016

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Fine or Flavour Cocoa Forum

This side event is organized by the ICCO with direct trade fine cacao organization Direct Cacao to share knowledge, encourage concertation, networking and business between all actors of the fine or flavour community, in particular cocoa growers, exporters and the cocoa and chocolate industry, from the craft chocolate makers to larger players. It is opened free of charge to all registered participants to the World Cocoa Conference.

Moderator: Mr. Martin Christy, Chair, Direct Cacao

11:00 Introduction, Opening Comments

11:10 Market segments in fine cacao and fine chocolate: supply & demand, market size and realistic pricing  

Mr. Frank Homann, Founder and CEO, Xoco

12:00 Adapting to a more diverse flavour-based market: how to serve a changing market with many smaller customers and manage the need of the stakeholders

Mr. Martin Christy, Founder, Direct Cacao​

12.20 Open forum for Q&A

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Defining fine cacao: evaluating cacao and flavour profiling, technical and taste-based approaches

Dr. Darin Sukha, Research Fellow/Food Technologist, Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago

14:30 A science-based approach to taste: accessible flavour evaluation using latest neural-sensory approach

Dr. Alex Rast, Research Associate, University of Manchester, UK

15:00 Demonstration of Chocolate Tasting

16:00 Open forum for Q&A

16:00 Round tables for participants

Participants of the Forum are encouraged to register prior to the start of the Forum.
  • Table 1: Productivity in fine cacao
  • Table 2: Marketing to the end consumer - chocolate eater – (with Mr Pierre Costet, Taste Master, Valrhona)
  • Table 3: Post-harvest techniques for fine/flavour cocoa (with Ms Naailah Ali, Contract Officer, Food Technology Section, Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Table 4: Sustainability in the fine/flavour cocoa sector (with Dr Darin Sukha, Research Fellow/Food Technologist, Cocoa Research Centre, UWI, Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Table 5: Certification and labelling (with Ms. Brigitte Laliberté, Scientist, Bioversity International)
  • Table 6: Tasting: cacao to chocolate (with Ms Maricel Presilla, Master Chef & Mr. Martin Christy, Founder, Direct Cacao)

17:30 End of Forum

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