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.
A look back at the 2019 Partnership Meeting
Invitation: Farmer video interview submissions
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.
Who should be interviewed?
- Our objective with this video series is for Partnership Meeting attendees to better understand how cocoa farmers deal with sustainability issues.
- 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.
- 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
Technical guidelines for recording video with a phone
- FORMAT: Use phone in landscape mode.
- SOUND: If possible, use an external microphone to ensure sound quality.
- SOUND CHECK: Before starting the interview, record a test video to check that the sound is loud and clear.
- 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.
- LIGHT: Ensure the face of the interviewee is well lit (do not film with light from behind).
- STABILITY: To ensure the camera is not moving, you might consider using a tripod or a stand.
- ANSWERS: Ask the interviewee to avoid yes/no answers. For instance: Q: “Are you happy?” A: “I am happy” (NOT “yes”)
- 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).
- 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.)
- 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.
- Who are you? (ensure this is collected on camera in full sentences: “my name is…, I am # years old,…)
– First name + last name
– Community/Village + region + country
– Size of farm
– Family composition (Married? Children? If yes, how many and how old?)
– If appropriate, affiliation (cooperative or company)
- What do you know about COVID-19? Has the pandemic impacted the way you live and work?
- Do you think your cocoa farm is a good business? Why or why not?
- Have you received training? What training? Did it contribute to improving your farming, your community, and/or your life?
- 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?
- Do you have shade trees on your farm? If yes, what for?
- 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?
- What is the role of women in your community?
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*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.
- 2018 Partnership Meeting Summary (English)
- 2018 Sumário Executivo do Partnership Meeting (Português)
- 2017 Partnership Meeting Summary
- 2016 Partnership Meeting Summary
- 2015 Partnership Meeting Summary
- 2014 Partnership Meeting Summary
- 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 1 Summary
- 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 2 Summary