Copenhagen — The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the Toms Foundation are jointly hosting an October meeting of international cocoa-related interests to discuss ways to improve cocoa farmers’ incomes, production levels, quality of life and technology access, the WCF reports.
An estimated 200 cocoa and chocolate industry leaders, government officials, development agencies, donor groups, nongovernmental organizations and cocoa certifying entities will convene in Copenhagen on October 15 and 16.
WCF President Bill Guyton says the two organizations share a commitment to improving the lives of cocoa farmers, adding: “WCF’s membership of more than 100 companies possess some of the world’s best expertise about sustainability in the cocoa sector. We look forward to learning more from them and from our friends in Denmark about practical steps that can be taken to advance the sustainability agenda.”
Sessions will include strategies to provide better planting materials and make fertilizers and agricultural materials more available to cocoa farmers; updates on efforts to establish quality and sustainability standards; and discussion of ways to define and measure the success of programs supporting farmers. Representatives also will consider quality of life issues for farm communities and how technology innovations and program implementation can expedite improvements in farmers’ lives.
In addition, Toms Confectionery Group will present on the foundation’s experiences in Ghana with regard to farmer training, primary school programs and cocoa traceability efforts.