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2017 WCF Partnership Meeting

2017 Partnership Meeting

Join the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C. October 24-25 to connect with others to explore the theme “Accelerating Sustainability through Technology and Innovation” and move forward the sustainability agenda for the cocoa sector at the 2017 Partnership Meeting.  

REGISTRATION

Registration is now open! See registration rates, options, and register here. Questions? Email registration@worldcocoa.org

Registration Rates

General Admission (U.S. Dollars)  WCF Member Non-Member NGO/Government
Advance (On or before October 16) $850.00 $1,000.00 $600.00
Standard (After October 16) $950.00 $1,100.00 $700.00

 

AGENDA

Day 1 October 24

Framing the Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability

9:00 – 10:30am Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Lucas Simons, Master of Ceremonies
  • Barry Parkin, Chairman, WCF
  • Rick Scobey, President, WCF
  • JB Aidoo, CEO, Cocobod
Keynote Speeches
  • Disruptive Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Platinum Sponsor: Barry Callebaut
10:30 – 11:00am Cocoa Break
11:00am – 1:00pm

 

Breakout Sessions on Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability

  • Traceability & Transparency: How can we promote better traceability and transparency in the cocoa sector?
  • Inclusive Growth & Social Impact: How can we scale up growth while maximizing social impact?
  • Efficiency & Professionalization: How can farmers become more professionalized and empowered?
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 4:00pm Breakout Session on Grand Challenges – Continued
4:00 – 4:30pm Recap & Closing (including Chocothon Sneak Preview)
4:30 – 7:00pm  Networking Reception

 

Day 2 October 25

 

Exploring Possible Solutions 

9:00 – 10:00am Keynote Speeches
  • Willy Foote, CEO, Root Capital
  • Latin America Cocoa Origins 
  • Innovation Design Thinking for Sustainable Agriculture 
  • Gold Sponsor: Casa Luker
10:00am – 12:00pm Innovation Marketplace
What are some of the top innovations shaping the cocoa sector and how can they be scaled? 
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30pm Fishbowls
Putting Ideas into Action. Create meaningful and actionable discussions between all stakeholders and supply chain actors.
2:30 – 3:30pm Innovation Live: Chocothon
Vote for winning ideas on key challenges facing the cocoa sector presented by the Chocothon’s young, talented hackers!
3:30pm – 4:00pm Closing

2017 PM Teaser

CHOCOTHON

Chocothon Photo

Chocothon is a collaborative platform, a sustainable innovation initiative that aims to empower and connect cocoa farmers and create new opportunities for them and other value chain stakeholders in cocoa production, reducing supply disruption risks.

With the precious support of the World Bank, the World Cocoa Foundation, the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Google Food Team, Future Food Institute (FFI) and the Business School Lausanne (BSL) invite you to a 2-day hackathon (October 23-24) to collaborate on creating, prototyping and birthing hardware and software tools which address some of the greatest challenges of cocoa farming.

Teams will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the top cocoa companies, governments and NGOS working on sustainable cocoa during the Partnership Meeting on October 25. 

Join the mission as a Hacker, Designer, Developer, Volunteer and/or Mentor!

For more details or to join the Chocothon, visit http://chocothon.com/washington.

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship Page for Web_092017

Join the Partnership Meeting as a Cocoa Sponsor! WCF’s Partnership Meeting is the only event dedicated to cocoa sustainability and improving farmer livelihoods. Gain visibility and recognition through sponsorship. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here

VOLUNTEERS

Interested in volunteering at WCF’s 2017 Partnership Meeting? Volunteers are needed for both days of the event. Please fill out the volunteer form and we will be in touch with more information.

OFF-SITE EVENT

The WINCC ‘Building Resilience for a Sustainable Cocoa Value Chain’ is an off-site event (separate from the WCF Partnership Meeting) that will be held on October 26 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. To learn more about WINCC’s program and to register for the event, please visit http://bit.ly/2wwNMo9

The World Cocoa Foundation's 2017 Partnership Meeting showcases how technology and innovation can create transformative change in the cocoa sector.

The dynamic agenda breaks new ground by presenting a range of key sustainability challenges and proposed cutting-edge solutions to accelerate sustainability in the world’s cocoa supply chain.

Featuring interactive sessions, global thought leaders and seasoned sustainability practitioners, the 2017 Partnership Meeting highlights three cross-cutting themes that are relevant to cocoa supply chain actors and sustainable development partners.

Time
Event
Location
Speakers

Day 1: October 24 - Framing the Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability

9:00 - 10:00am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Lucas Simons, Master of Ceremonies; Barry Parkin, Chariman, WCF; Rick Scobey, President, WCF; JB Aidoo, CEO, Cocobod
10:00 - 10:30am
Keynote Speech
Disruptive Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture
10:30 - 11:00am
Cocoa Break
11:00am - 1:00pm
Breakout Sessions on Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability
Traceability & Transparency: How can we promote better traceability and transparency in the cocoa sector? Inclusive Growth & Social Impact: How can we scale up growth while maximizing social impact? Efficiency & Professionalization: How can farmers become more professionalized and empowered?
1:00 - 2:00pm
Lunch
2:00 - 4:00pm
Breakout on Grand Challenges Continued
4:00 - 4:30pm
Recap & Closing (Chocothon Sneak Preview)
4:30 - 7:00pm
Networking Reception

Day 2: October 25 - Exploring Possible Solutions

9:00 - 10:00am
Keynote Speeches
Willy Foote, CEO, Root Capital; Latin America Cocoa Origins; Innovation Design Thinking for Sustainable Agriculture
10:00am - 12:00pm
Innovation Marketplace: What are some of the top innovations shaping the cocoa sector and how can they be scaled?
12:00 - 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00 - 2:30pm
Fishbowls: Putting Ideas into Action
2:30 - 3:30pm
Innovation Live: Chocothon - Vote for winning ideas on key challenges facing the cocoa sector presented by the Chocothon's young, talented hackers!
3:30 - 4:00pm
Closing

Book your hotel room today!

Book your hotel room directly via the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel online Renaissance Roomsportal: www.aws.passkey.com/go/worldcocoafoundation

Standard Guest Rooms (1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds) are available at the Renaissance Hotel under the discounted WCF room rate of $289 USD (+ taxes and service fees). 

Room rates include:

  • Complimentary access to fitness club 
  • Complimentary guestroom internet for Marriott Rewards MembersRenaissance Gym

Reservations must be completed by 6:00pm,
Sunday, October 1, 2017
to take advantage of the WCF rate. Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. Rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. Please book your room early, as reservations are limited.

Note: If you are having any issues with booking your hotel reservation online at the Renaissance, please call the hotel directly at +1 202-898-9000 and mention you are with the World Cocoa Foundation.

Others hotels in close proximity to the Renaissance include:

Travel & Visas

All participants are responsible for their own travel, including valid passport and visa.

If you require a visa for travel, WCF can facilitate a visa invitation letter. Please register and then fill out the visa letter request form here. WCF recommends that you have the visa process completed before the end of September to avoid delays.

Find us on social media and connect with others!

The official event hashtag is #WCFPM. Use this hashtag when posting about the meeting, and to connect with others.

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