Contact: Susan Smith
March 7, 2012
(Washington, DC) - NCA and the entire global chocolate industry are saddened by the passing of U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-NJ). We were all impressed and touched by Congressman Payne's unwavering commitment to human rights and democratic principles around the world, especially his work with African nations. The Congressman, who served as ranking member and as chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa, was keenly interested in improving the lives of African citizens particularly in rural areas, including the importance of thriving cocoa communities in Africa's economy and culture.
Our thoughts are with the Congressman's family as well as his Congressional staff during this difficult time.