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2018 WCF Partnership Meeting

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The 2018 WCF Partnership Meeting will travel to a native land of Theobroma cacao and explore “The New Frontiers of Cocoa Sustainability”. Join WCF in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 24-25.


Please register for the 2018 Partnership Meeting and option field trip using the links below: 


English Registration | Registo Português


Questions? Email registration@worldcocoa.org

Registration Rates

General Admission (U.S. Dollars)  WCF Member Non-Member NGO/Government
Advance (by September 24) $850.00 $1,000.00 $600.00
Standard (after September 24) $1,000.00 $1,200.00 $800.00



The 2018 Partnership Meeting features a packed two-day agenda that explores a range of topics relevant to the theme “The New Frontiers of Cocoa Sustainability”. An optional field trip to the cocoa-growing region around Ilhéus (Bahia state) will take place on October 26-28.

WCF is pleased to announce keynote speakers:

  • Joseph Boahen “JB” Aidoo, CEO of Ghana Cocoa Board
  • Guilherme Leal, Co-Founder of WCF member company Dengo and leading sustainability advocate
  • Mauricio Lopes, President of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa

Full agenda coming soon.


Book your hotel room at the discounted premium WCF room rate direct through the Hilton Morumbi online portal: http://group.hilton.com/World-Cocoa-Foundation. Learn more in the “travel & accommodations” tab at the top of this page. 

We are pleased to announce a field trip on the sidelines of the Partnership Meeting.

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What: 2018 World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting Field Trip

Where: Bahia, Brazil (Ilhéus region)

When: October 26-28 (see details below)

Participants will explore Bahian cocoa up close, with site visits to research centers and the region’s unique Cabruca cocoa production model, and meet sector leaders who are tackling quality and innovation challenges locally. We will be based in Ilhéus, the city of the cacao ‘gold rush’, where, according to local author Jorge Amado, “there was no conversation in which the word ‘cacao’ did not play an essential part”. This is still the case with a high concentration of scientists working on cocoa health management and quality and productivity issues. Some local cocoa farms are also known for their pioneering environmental practices protecting the threatened Atlantic Forest in Bahia.

Tentative program

Friday, October 26

10:45: Departure from São Paulo CGH airport

12:50: Arrival at Ilhéus

14:30: Visit of Condurú Farm, the cocoa plantation linked to sustainability leader Guilherme Leal, a 1,000-hectare “productive conservation” project

18:30: Check-in at hotel

Saturday, October 27

8:30: Visit of CEPLAC (national cocoa research and technical assistance center)

11:00: Visit of one of the largest open-air nursery in the world with continuous production of genotypes of selected cocoa plants and a vegetal micropropagation laboratory featuring advanced biotechnology

12:30: Lunch at a traditional cocoa farm

14:30: Visit of a smallholder cocoa farm (cabruca system)

16:30: Visit of the Cocoa Innovation Center, created to enhance cocoa productivity, quality and traceability in Bahia

Evening: Free time to visit Ilhéus’ historic center

Sunday, October 28

9:55: Departure from Ilhéus airport to São Paulo CGH airport

12:15: Arrival at São Paulo CGH airport (estimated transfer time to São Paulo GRU international airport 6o minutes)


Please register here for the Partnership Meeting and Field Trip. Field Trip fees represent an additional $1,300. Only Partnership Meeting participants are invited to join. The registration fee is a package offer and we are unfortunately unable to accommodate a-la-carte trip requests.

Registration for the field trip will close on August 20, 2018. To guarantee a superior experience, we are limiting the number of participants to 30, on a first come first served basis.

Included in the cost: Logistics and local support, economy class airfare from São Paulo – CGH to Ilhéus and return, airport transfers in Ilhéus, lodging in Ilhéus (two nights with breakfast), local transportation by private bus or vans, access to all site visits, travel insurance and bilingual guides with strong expertise in cocoa production.

Not included: Friday morning transfer to easily accessible São Paulo – CGH airport (15-minute drive from Hilton Morumbi), meals and incidentals, and international travel.


Book your hotel room at the discounted premium WCF room rate direct through the Hilton Morumbi online portal: http://group.hilton.com/World-Cocoa-Foundation

Hotel rooms are available at the discounted WCF single room rate of $265 USD (+ 5% VAT and service fees) or the discounted WCF double room rate of $280 USD (+ 5% VAT and service fees). 

Room rates include:

  • Complimentary breakfast at main hotel restaurant
  • Complementary guestroom internet

Reservations must be completed by Friday, September 21, 2018 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 Hilton, please call the hotel directly at  +55-11-2845-0000 and mention you are with the World Cocoa Foundation.

Travel & Visas

All participants are responsible for their own travel, including valid passport and visa. WCF recommends that you complete the visa process by the end of September. Invitation letters can be provided by WCF to Partnership Meeting attendees.

Joseph Boahen

Joseph Boahen "JB" Aidoo

CEO, Ghana Cocoa Board

CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board, a position to which he was appointed in January 2017. Mr. Aidoo served from 2000-2006 as Regional Minister for Ghana’s Western Region under the administration of former President John A. Kufuor, and from 2000-2012 as a Member of Parliament with the New Patriotic Party from the Western Region. He has been a researcher at the Institute for Land Management and Development at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi (Ghana), where he has researched and written extensively on issues related to land tenure and cocoa.

Guilherme Leal

Guilherme Leal

Co-Founder, WCF member Dengo and Sustainability Leader

A Brazilian social entrepreneur, founder, and co-chairman of the board of Natura, a leading Brazilian cosmetics company, which owns the British beauty brand The Body Shop and the Australian Aesop, Mr. Leal is also the co-founder of Brazilian chocolate company and WCF member Dengo. He is an investor in impact businesses in areas such as forestry management, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and urban management. Since 2008, he has been engaged in creating Instituto Arapyaú, a private family foundation committed to supporting sustainable development through the articulation of organizations and leadership to help promote a transition for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world.

Maurício Lopes

Maurício Lopes

President, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa

President of Embrapa, a position to which he filled in 2012. Mr. Lopes has filled various positions for Embrapa since 1993, including Executive Director of Research and Development . In 2017, he was awarded the Medal of the Rio Branco Order, in the degree of Comendador, by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Brazil. A plant geneticist by training, Mr. Lopes received his BSc degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, his MS degree in Plant Genetics from Purdue University, Indiana, and his PhD in Genetics (1993) from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Rick Scobey

Rick Scobey

President, World Cocoa Foundation

President of the World Cocoa Foundation, where he leads the strategic development of the organization, serves as the primary spokesperson on behalf of member companies, and leads the direction of the cocoa industry on sustainability priorities. Mr. Scobey brings to WCF more than 30 years of rural development and poverty reduction expertise at the World Bank Group.

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