The 2020 Chocoa Conference provides a platform for discussion on sustainability and quality and a direct connection to the market through the Cocoa Fair, allowing the participants to meet cocoa producers from all over the world.
The theme of the seventh edition of the Chocoa Conference 2019, ‘Cocoapolitics and Choconomics’, allowed lively presentations and vivid discussions. The economics and politics of cocoa are often discussed, but as they are interwoven it is hard to pinpoint if an issue is a consequence of the one or of the other. This causes key issues within the cocoa supply chain to persist. Especially poverty (or the absence of a living income), child labour and deforestation have not been effectively addressed. The speakers, panellists and audience will discuss these key issues.
Speakers in 2019 included among others:
- Michel Arrion – Executive Director ICCO
- Filip Buggenhout – Cargill
- Cédric van Cutsem – Mondelez
- Etelle Higonet – Mighty Earth
- Abubakar Affull – Fairtrade Africa
- Joost Oorthuizen – IDH
- Antonie Fountain – Voice Network
- Oliver Nieburg – Confectionery News and Lumina Intelligence,
- David Guest – University of Sydney
- Juan Echanove – CARE USA
- Emily Stone – Uncommon Cacao
- Anna Laven – KIT
The conference closed with sessions on an important matter that is seldom discussed: cocoa and health, touching upon issues ranging from the health of the cocoa farmer to the health of the chocolate consumer. Health issues can have a significant influence on the life of cocoa farmers and their potential income from cocoa farming. At the same time, what happens with restrictions of heavy metals like cadmium and lead in chocolate?
The speakers and topics discussed during the 8th edition, Chocoa 2020, will be announced shortly.
You can also join us for the Chocoa Dinner on 20 February 2020, providing you with great networking opportunities and delicious cocoa and chocolate-themed menu by award-winning chefs.
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Chocoa 4 Business Matchmaking
You now have the opportunity to plan your business meetings in advance! Join the Chocoa4Business matchmaking app. See who is visiting Chocoa 2020, get connected and book your meetings at the event. Stay in touch year round. Go to our Matchmaking page to learn more about this innovative form of matchmaking.