Event Details

November 18 - 19, 2020

Location:

Online event

The World Cocoa Foundation’s 2020 Partnership Meeting will be held online on Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19.

The Partnership Meeting will be the only global conference dedicated to cocoa sustainability in 2020 and will focus on the theme:

Scaling Impact in Disruptive Times

The theme will be addressed through four streams:

  • Enabling environment
  • Prosperous farmers
  • Empowered communities
  • Healthy planet

Save the date to join several hundred high-level government officials, donors and multilateral organizations, top executives from cocoa and chocolate companies (such as WCF members and the Board of Directors), civil society organizations, subject matter experts, and cocoa producers as we go online to achieve transformative change in the cocoa supply chain through policy dialogue, joint learning, and knowledge sharing.

Stay tuned!

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A look back at the 2019 Partnership Meeting

Invitation: Farmer video interview submissions

Pour les instructions en français, cliquez ici.

Para obtener instrucciones en español, consulte aquí.

To ensure cocoa farmer voices are present during the 2020 Partnership Meeting, the World Cocoa Foundation is gathering farmer videos from around cocoa origins. Those interested in participating in filming and/or crowdsourcing videos may review the guidelines and submission information below. The videos will be edited and used during and after the conference. Video submissions are due by October 9.

Guidelines

Who should be interviewed?

  1. Our objective with this video series is for Partnership Meeting attendees to better understand how cocoa farmers deal with sustainability issues.
  2. We want a diversity of points of view reflected in the videos:
    – diversity of cocoa origins,
    – gender diversity,
    – diverse farm sizes, potential community leadership roles, etc.
  3. Language used can be any widely used languages such as Twi, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa, etc. (WCF will manage translation and subtitling). For other languages please provide live translation in national language on the video.

Good Agricultural Practices on Cocoa Farms

Cocoa farmer Dogo Soko Gabriel discuss good agricultural practices on cocoa farms in Gazolilie, Côte d'Ivoire.

Technical guidelines for recording video with a phone

  1. FORMAT: Use phone in landscape mode.
  2. SOUND: If possible, use an external microphone to ensure sound quality.
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  4. LOCATION: Choose a location that is well lit and reasonably quiet. Natural light is best. Choose a meaningful background (cocoa farm, farmer’s home/village, food crop plot…) for your interview.
  5. LIGHT: Ensure the face of the interviewee is well lit (do not film with light from behind).
  6. STABILITY: To ensure the camera is not moving, you might consider using a tripod or a stand.
  7. ANSWERS: Ask the interviewee to avoid yes/no answers. For instance: Q: “Are you happy?” A: “I am happy” (NOT “yes”)
  8. BANDWITH: If bandwidth will be an issue when sending the videos, you may want to record shorter videos (one per question for example) or ensure that you wait until you are in a location with strong bandwidth before attempting to send the video(s).
  9. PHOTOS: Take a close photo portrait of the interviewee, as well as a photo in action (working on her/his farm, playing with his/her children, attending to household chores, etc.)
  10. Encourage interviewees to “RELAX, SMILE AND BE YOURSELF!”

Questions for interviewees

Feel free to slightly modify questions to match the local context. Note that question 1 is compulsory.

  1. Who are you? (ensure this is collected on camera in full sentences: “my name is…, I am # years old,…)
    – First name + last name
    – Age
    – Community/Village + region + country
    – Size of farm
    – Family composition (Married? Children? If yes, how many and how old?)
    – If appropriate, affiliation (cooperative or company)
  2. What do you know about COVID-19? Has the pandemic impacted the way you live and work?
  3. Do you think your cocoa farm is a good business? Why or why not?
  4. Have you received training? What training? Did it contribute to improving your farming, your community, and/or your life?
  5. Have you seen a change in the weather in the last few years? For instance, have you seen changes in the rainy and dry seasons – when they come and how long they last? How is this affecting your farm?
  6. Do you have shade trees on your farm? If yes, what for?
  7. What types of activities do children perform on cocoa farms around here? Is there a school nearby? Do children get a meal at school? Have you been trained on what children can do on farms?
  8. What is the role of women in your community?

Sharing your video

  1. Do not edit or add subtitles to the video.
  2. Send your video and photos before October 9, 2020.
  3. Upload your video(s) and photos here. (If you encounter any issues, you can also use WeTransfer or Dropbox).
  4. Email us with biographical information on cocoa farmer in writing (question 1 answers).

Unique Cocoa Varieties in the Dominican Republic

Cocoa farmer Rodolfo Toribio in Yaguiza, Duarte Province, Dominican Republic, shows how grafting can create unique cocoa varieties and improve yield and productivity.

Challenges Women Face in Cocoa Farming

Mavis Baidoo discusses the challenges and benefits of being a woman in in cocoa farming in Eyisi Krom, Ghana.

Fighting Child Labor on Cocoa Farms

Cocoa farmer and community facilitator Opong Poku and cocoa farmer Kojo Mensah show how they are fighting child labor on cocoa farms in the Koniyaw, Ghana community with help from the International Cocoa Initiative.

*WCF urges all partners and members to follow local health guidelines – notably potential confinement measures and/or travel bans – when participating in this project.

2019 Partnership Meeting

The 2019 WCF Partnership Meeting explored “Drivers of Change” in Berlin, Germany. Learn more. Download the 2019 Partnership Meeting Summary Report.

2018 Partnership Meeting

The 2018 WCF Partnership Meeting explored “The New Frontiers of Cocoa Sustainability” in São Paulo, Brazil. Learn more.

2017 Partnership Meeting

The 2017 WCF Partnership Meeting discussed the theme “Accelerating Sustainability through Technology and Innovation” to move forward the sustainability agenda for the cocoa sector in Washington, D.C.

2016 Partnership Meeting

The 2016 WCF Partnership Meeting was focused around “People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World” and was held in partnership with le Conseil du Café-Cacao in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

2015 Partnership Meeting

The 2015 WCF Partnership Meeting took place in Washington, D.C. around the theme “Proud of our Past, Focused on our Future”.

2014 Partnership Meeting

The  2014 WCF Partnership Meeting took place in Copenhagen, Denmark with the theme of,“Connecting Sustainability, Standards and Certification”.

2013 Partnership Meetings

The 2013 WCF Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C., with the theme of, “Meeting Tomorrow’s Demand: Productivity, Quality, and Farmers’ Livelihood” and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2012 Partnership Meetings

The 2012 Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C. and Zurich, Switzerland with the theme of, “Innovations in Cocoa Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit”.

2011 Partnership Meetings

The 2011 Partnership Meetings took place in San Francisco, USA with the theme, “Celebrating the Diversity of Cocoa Origins”, and Accra, Ghana with the theme of, “People, Planet, Profit: Envisioning the Future of Cocoa in Africa”.

2010 Partnership Meetings

The 2010 Partnership Meetings took place in Utrecht, Netherlands and Washington, D.C. with the theme, “Marking a Decade of Cocoa Sustainability”.

2009 Partnership Meetings

The 2009 Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C. with the theme, “The Smallholder Cocoa Farmer in a Globalized World”, and Brussels, Belgium with the theme of, “Building the Capacity for a Sustainable Cocoa Sector”.

2008 Partnership Meetings

The 2008 Partnership Meetings took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador with the theme, “Lessons from Latin America – Invigorating the Cocoa Sector”, and Hamburg, Germany with the theme of, “Strategies and Practical Measures for Transforming the Cocoa Sector”.

2007 Partnership Meetings

The 2007 WCF Partnership Meetings took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Washington, D.C., with the theme of, “Sustainable Cocoa Farming: Building Tomorrow’s Best Practices Today”.

2006 Partnership Meetings

The 2006 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium with the theme, “Achieving and Measuring Sustainable Success at the Farm Level”, and Washington, D.C.

2005 Partnership Meetings

The 2005 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C. with the theme, “Challenges & Opportunities for Cocoa in Economic Development and Prosperity”.

2004 Partnership Meetings

The 2004 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C.

 

Download Materials

  • 2018 Partnership Meeting Summary (English)
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  • 2018 Sumário Executivo do Partnership Meeting (Português)
    pdf
  • 2017 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2016 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2015 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2014 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 1 Summary
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  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 2 Summary
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