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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

Online registration is now closed. On site registration will be available on a limited basis. See registration rates, options, and more information 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

 

HOTEL

The hotel room block is now full. View more information under the travel & accommodations tab at the top of this page. 

AGENDA

View speaker bios here.

Day 1
October 24

 

9:00 – 10:50am

Scanning and Scaling Innovations

Opening Remarks & Keynote Speeches

  • JB Aidoo, Ghana Cocoa Board
  • Nicko Debenham, Barry Callebaut
  • Barry Parkin, Chairman, WCF
  • Rick Scobey, President, WCF      
  • Lucas Simons, Master of Ceremonies    
  • Nena Stoiljkovic, International Finance Corporation

10:50 – 11:10am

Cocoa Break: Sponsored by Barry Callebaut

11:10am – 1:00pm

Grand Challenger Breakout Sessions

Framing the challenges that we seek solutions to on cocoa sustainability.

Traceability & Transparency: How can we promote better traceability and transparency in the cocoa sector?

  • Keynote
    • Antonie Fountain, The Voice Network
  • Grand Challengers on Access to Data
    • Luiz Amaral, World Resources Institute
    • Hannah Hobden, Geotraceability
    • Manuel Kiewisch, WCF

Inclusive Growth & Social Impact: How can we scale up growth while maximizing social impact?

  • Keynote
    • Joan Larrea, Convergence
  • Grand Challengers on Financial Inclusion
    • Marjolaine Chaintreau, Better Than Cash Alliance
    • Maya Granit, Uncommon Cacao
    • Nienke Oomes, SEO Amsterdam

Efficiency & Professionalization: How can farmers become more professionalized and empowered?

  • Keynote
    • Lee Babcock, Grameen Foundation
  • Grand Challengers on Professionalization:
    • Samuel Adimado, Kuapa Kokoo
    • Julia Bolton, Sustainable Trade Initiative
    • Tom Carroll, Initiative for Smallholder Finance

1:00 – 2:00pm

Lunch: Sponsored by Barry Callebaut

2:00 – 3:50pm

Grand Challenger Breakout Sessions (Continued)

Framing the challenges that we seek solutions to on cocoa sustainability.

Traceability & Transparency: How can we promote better traceability and transparency in the cocoa sector?

  • Keynote
    • Antonie Fountain, The Voice Network
  • Grand Challengers on Future of Standards
    • Hazel Culley, Marks & Spencer
    • Nick Weatherill, International Cocoa Initiative
    • Britta Wyss, UTZ

Inclusive Growth & Social Impact: How can we scale up growth while maximizing social impact?

  • Keynote
    • Joan Larrea, Convergence
  • Grand Challengers on Social Innovation
    • Laté Lawson-Lartego, Oxfam America
    • Jenny Pearlman, Brookings Institute
    • Suzan Yemidi, Solidaridad

Efficiency & Professionalization: How can farmers become more professionalized and empowered?

  • Keynote
    • Lee Babcock, Grameen Foundation
  • Grand Challengers on Modernization
    • Chris Brett, World Bank
    • Chris Jochnick, Landesa
    • John Warrington, Cacao Oro de Nicaragua

3:50 – 4:20pm

Cocoa Break: Sponsored by Barry Callebaut

4:20 – 5:00pm

Recap & Closing (including Chocothon Sneak Preview)

5:00 – 7:00pm 

Networking Reception

Day 2
October 25

 

9:00 – 10:15am

Innovations Shaping Cocoa in 2030

Opening Remarks & Keynote Speeches

  • Willy Foote, Root Capital
  • Sergio Restrepo, CasaLuker
  • Wayan Vota, ICTWorks / ICTforAg

10:15 – 10:45am

Cocoa Break: Sponsored by our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors

10:45am – 1:00pm

Innovation Marketplace
Exploring innovations shaping cocoa sustainability

Traceability & Transparency

  • Starling (Airbus) presented by The Forest Trust
  • Global Forest Watch Pro presented by World Resources Institute
  • Sustainability Mapping presented by International Trade Centre
  • Global Traceability Platform presented by Ata Marie Group
  • Africa Cocoa Village presented by Manobi
  • Supply Chain Data Management presented by SupplyShift
  • Transparent Supply Chains presented by ChainPoint
  • Supply Chain Mapping presented by Source Map
  • Open Agriculture Data presented by Syngenta

Inclusive Growth & Social Impact

  • Inclusive Business Model in DRC presented by Theo Chocolate
  • Bring the Bank to Her presented by Women’s World Banking
  • Micro-finance Credit Schemes for School Fees presented by Advans Group
  • Digitalization for Entrepreneurship presented by World Bank
  • Impact Investing with Smallholder Farmers presented by OikoCredit 
  • Blended Finance for Nutrition presented by The Power of Nutrition
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment presented by Oxfam

Efficiency & Professionalization

  • Weather and Climate Change Solutions presented by Kukua
  • Crop Coat – Pesticide Free Cacao presented by Crop Enhancement
  • Productivity Investment Menu (PIM) presented by Touton
  • Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) presented by Olam
  • Fermentation Innovation presented by Cémoi
  • Innovative Input Solutions presented by Arysta Callivoire 
  • Micrografting presented by Cacao Oro de Nicaragua
  • A Scaleable and Data Driven Approach to Advance Farmer Professionalism presented by ScopeInsight
  • Productivity Enhancement in Peru presented by Technoserve – Peru

1:00 – 2:00pm

Lunch: Sponsored by Casa Luker

2:00 – 3:00pm

Moving from Innovation to Scale

Facilitated by Ravi Chhatpar, Dalberg Design

3:00 – 3:20pm

Cocoa Break: Sponsored by our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors

3:20 – 4:05pm

Innovation Live: Chocothon
Presentation and voting on hackathon ideas to solve key challenges facing the cocoa sector

4:05 – 4:45pm

Closing Panel: What’s Next for Sustainable Cocoa in 2030?

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 and Valrhona, the World Cocoa Foundation, the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Google Food Lab (GFL), Future Food Institute (FFI) and the Business School Lausanne (BSL) invite you to a three-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

Sponsor Sign - Day 2 - All Sponsors

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

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,
Friday, October 13, 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.

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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