Sector sustainability to form key agenda for World Cocoa Conference

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The World Cocoa Conference has confirmed a location for its 2020 event, which marks its debut in Asia, being hosted in Bali with a core focus on major issues affecting the entire cocoa value chain.

Taking place between September 20-23, the event is in its fifth edition and will bring together farmers, co-operatives and governments from producing and consuming countries, traders, grinders, processors and chocolate manufacturers, along with representatives of civil society, logistics and financial services for the sector, gathering for the first time in Asia to discuss and define solutions for the sustainability of the cocoa value chain.

More than 1,000 delegates are expected for the conference (last year’s event in Berlin is pictured), which is produced by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).  It will take place on the island of Bali, at the kind invitation of the Government of Indonesia, official host of this edition of the biennial event. It will offer the opportunity to showcase the specificities of the Asian cocoa market and particularly the significant production and processing sector of the host country.An Exhibition area will be set up for sector suppliers to display the services and innovations on offer in the industry.

An Exhibition area will be set up for sector suppliers to display the services and innovations on offer in the industry. The Conference will also incorporate side meetings highlighting specific aspects of the complex cocoa and chocolate sectors.

The full programme of the conference will be published shortly. Its organisers added that among its core topics, the issue of low cocoa prices currently at the heart of discussions in the sector, topics such as value addition and value distribution along the cocoa value chain will be central to the conference.

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