ICCO’s International Symposium on Cocoa Research postponed amid coronavirus

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) has confirmed its Symposium on Cocoa Research planned for September 2021 in France will be postponed until next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reports Neill Barston.

As the trade body explained, its event, hosted in collaboration with the French institution Centre de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement International (CIRAD), will now take place between December 5-7, 2022, in Montpellier.

The International Cocoa Research Symposium previously attracted over 500 participants, not only from the scientific community, but also from the entire cocoa value chain, establishing it as an event for those concerned for the sector’s future.

Furthermore, the Symposium represents a unique opportunity for participants to interact with cocoa industry leaders and high-level speakers, who will present their latest studies and point the way forward for the cocoa sector.

The main theme of this edition of the event is set to be based around “Innovations to Support Market Development and Promote Sustainability in Cocoa Farming to Improve Farmers’ Incomes.” Full details of the industry showcase be explored in its dedicated website at www.iscrsymposium.org will offer full updates approaching the revised date.

As a consequence of the postponement, the deadline for submissions has been extended to March 15, 2022, with the event set to comply with the strictest measures in terms of prevention of coronavirus.

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