LONDON, 25 March 2013--The ICCO's Integrated Management of Pests and Pathogens project, announced in February, is to hold its inception workshop at the Oak Plaza Hotel in Accra, Ghana, 15 - 18 April.

The project, organized in conjunction with the Ghana Cocoa Board and the Common Fund for Commodities, is being supported by two of the world's largest chocolate makers, Mars and Mondelez International, as well as the European Cocoa Association.

The US$3.2 million project aims to tackle the cocoa pests and diseases that are the main challenges to sustainable cocoa economy.

The four-day workshop is free of charge, and open to all interested parties. Pre-registration is not required.

Full details of the background to the meeting and the draft programme are available here: Pests and Pathogens Workshop April 2013 Accra--Background and Programme

Click here to see the initial news report on the project, with more details.

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