2016 Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair

March 21, 2016


abidjan crop October 26 – 27, 2016

“People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World”

“Population, Planète et Economie cacaoyère dans un monde en mutation”

Thank you for participating in the 2016 Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair hosted in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire by World Cocoa Foundation and le Conseil du Café-Cacao.


The meeting attracted more than 550 people from around the world for two-days of sessions dedicated to sustainable cocoa. 

  • View the meeting program, speaker biospresentations and participant list on the Resources page
  • View photos of the Partnership Meeting and Field Visit.
  • Share your experience and take a 3-minute survey


The Partnership Meeting would not be possible with the generous support from our partners and sponsors:

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Agenda & Program

“People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World”

“Population, Planète et Economie cacaoyère dans un monde en mutation”

The 2016 meeting theme,“People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World,” will focus on identifying how the global cocoa sector can make a lasting, positive impact in cocoa communities. 

The schedule below outlines the weekly program as well as the draft meeting agenda. The agenda will be updated regularly and is subject to change. 

  • WCF Membership Assembly Meeting
    WCF Members Only

    Email partnership.meeting@worldcocoa.org for details.

  • 15:00-17:00 Registration Open
  • 07:30-8:30 Registration Open
  • 08:30-9:30 Welcome Ceremonies

    Barry Parkin, Mars, Incorporated; Massandjé Touré-Litse, Le Conseil du Café-Cacao; Richard Scobey, World Cocoa Foundation

  • 09:30-10:00 Keynote Address
  • 10:30-11:30 INVESTING IN PEOPLE I: Cocoa's Next Generation - Encouraging Youth Engagement

    William Egbe, Coca-Cola; Moderator: Fabio Segura, Jacobs Foundation

  • 11:30-12:30 INVESTING IN PEOPLE II: Diversifying Financial Inclusive Options for Women
  • 13:50-15:00 PROTECTING THE PLANET: Deforestation and the Cocoa Sector

    Adama Tondossama, Office of Parks and Reserves Côte d’Ivoire;

  • 15:20-16:30 SHARED PROSPERITY: Sustainable Livelihoods for Cocoa Growing Families
  • 16:30-16:55 Day 1 Wrap Up & Announcements
  • 18:30 Busses Depart for Welcome Dinner
    Hotel Du Golf

    Hosted by le Conseil du Cafe-Cacao

  • 08:00-9:00 Registration Open
  • 09:00-9:15 Welcome and Announcements
  • 09:15-9:35 Keynote Address
  • 10:00 - 11:10 WHERE IS THE SECTOR TODAY? CocoaAction Voices

    Hazel Culley, Marks & Spencer; Jean-Marie Delon; Richard Rogers, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • 11:10-11:30 WHERE IS THE WORLD HEADING? What needs to be on our Radar in the Next 10-20 Years?

    Younes Zrikem, BCG Casablanca

  • 11:30-12:10 INNOVATION SHOWCASE: Techniques & Technologies for the Future
  • 13:30-14:45 HOW DO WE GO FROM TODAY TO TOMORROW? Break Out Sessions
  • 13:30-14:45 Break Out Session A: Modernizing the Cocoa Sector through Strategic Investments in Research

    Gary Guittard, Guittard Chocolate Company; Roberto Granja, Transmar Ecuador;

  • 13:30-14:45 Break Out Session B: Future Trends in Transparency & Accountability for the Cocoa Sector

    Antonie Fountain, Voice Network; Jennifer Golden, World Cocoa Foundation

  • 13:30-14:45 Break Out Session C: Scaling up Financing - Do Coco a Farms Need Financingg for Rehabilitation and Renovation?

    Brian Milder, Root Capital; John Magnay, Opportunity International; Michael Schlup, Barry Calleabaut; Simplice Chigbo, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative; Moderator: Cassandra Colbert, IFC

  • 15:00-15:15 Break Out Session Summaries
  • 15:15-15:45 Meeting Close

    Le Conseil du Café-Cacao; World Cocoa Foundation; Mamadou Sangofowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture, Côte d’Ivoire

  • 08:00 - 17:00 Field Visit

    Limited availability; registration required. See “Field Visit” tab

  • Oct. 20 - 22 Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (IYCG)
    Host: The Jacobs Foundation
  • Oct. 24 Women in Cocoa & Chocolate
    Host: Solidaridad & Le Conseil du Cafe-Cacao


  • Oct. 24 - 25 Cocoa Policy Conference
    Host: Südwind Institute
  • October 25 IDH Supervisory Committee
    Host: IDH - the Sustainable Trade Initative
  • Oct. 27 - 28 Exchange of Lessons Learned in Labor Market Youth Inclusion Programs in Latin America & Africa
    Host: The Jacobs Foundation
  • Oct. 28 CSSV Research Meeting
    Host: WCF

Field Visits

This event is SOLD OUT.

DSC_0112WCF and Le Conseil du Café-Cacao invite partnership meeting participants to see firsthand the impacts of sustainability programs being implemented by the cocoa sector with a visit to the field. The field visit will provide participants the chance to hear directly from farmers about their challenges and opportunities.

Registration is required for this event and can be completed through the main registration link. Per person cost for the field visit is $125 USD which includes all transportation, lunch, snacks and water.

Important note: Participants should not bring or take home any cocoa plant material. All South American participants must avoid field visits in their own country prior to visit (also avoid bringing field clothes/boots, and delay Côte d’Ivoire field visits until after at least 2 days in country).

Draft Program

  • 7:30                         Depart Hotel
  • 9:30 – 14:00           Arrive at Yakassé-Attobrou, visit of activities carried out through cooperatives (Headquarters, Productivity and Community Development activities) 
  • 14:00 – 15:00         Lunch in Yakassé-Attobrou
  • 15:00                      Depart to Abidjan
  • 17:00                      Arrive at Hotel


Travel & Accommodations

Located in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire's economic capital, the hotel offers comfortable rooms and state-of-the art conference rooms with high-tech audiovisual equipment.

Abidjan is easily accessible through the Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, which is serviced by major airlines from more than 30 countries. Abidjan is a cosmopolitan city with a variety of hotels that can meet your needs.


Participants are encouraged to stay at the hotel and are responsible for booking their own hotel room. A small group of rooms is available at a discounted rate under the WCF room block. Fill in this form and return to onetouch.abidjan@radissonblu.com to secure your room. 

An alternative hotel in close proximity is the Hotel OnomoThe Onomo offers comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. Please book your room directly with the hotel.


All participants are responsible for their own travel, including valid passport and visa. Passports must have more than six months of remaining validity and one blank page for an entry stamp. Also required is an international health certificate showing current yellow fever immunization. To see if you require a visa and learn more about travel requirements, see here. For details about obtaining an e-visa, learn more here.

If you require a visa for travel, WCF can facilitate a visa invitation letter. Please email registration@worldcocoa.org to request a letter. WCF recommends that you have the visa process completed in September to avoid delays.

For travel from North America, South African Airways has convenient flights direct from Washington Dulles Airport to Accra, with a short connecting flight to Accra. Learn more at FlySAA.com.

South African Airways

Participants & Networking

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




Participants & Registration List

See who will be at the Meeting! View the current List of Participants. This will be updated regularly.