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London, 11 May 2016--About 1,000 participants from 60 countries are expected at the third edition of the World Cocoa Conference, scheduled to take place from Sunday, 22 May to Wednesday 25 May at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center in Bávaro, Dominican Republic.

The Conference, which will be accompanied by an adjacent Exhibition, will include 24 panel sessions and about 140 moderators, presenters and panellists looking at all of the most important issues in cocoa and chocolate. Included among the many topics will be tracks on the future of cocoa production, advances in markets and trading, and strengthening sustainability in the sector.

To be opened in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic, the Conference will also include remarks by government ministers from five countries, keynote presentations from some of the largest chocolate manufacturers and cocoa processors in the world, and discussions with some of the top experts in the entire cocoa and chocolate value chain.

Crucial to that value chain are the cocoa farmers, who will be the main focus of a special day-long Producers’ Forum on 22 May, and farmers from all of the world’s major producing countries are already set to take part in all aspects of the Conference.

The increasingly significant role of women in the cocoa industry is also to be highlighted by a special networking function organized with partner NGO Solidaridad on 23 May, and another side event, in conjunction with the organization Direct Cacao, aims to share knowledge and increase business for high quality cocoa and chocolate at a forum dedicated to the highly valued fine and flavour cocoa (on 26 May).

Just announced for Conference attendees is another highlight, an in-depth seminar on the role and functioning of the cocoa futures markets, from an experienced and expert viewpoint.

The wide-ranging event will serve as the gathering place for the whole world’s cocoa and chocolate sector during the final week in May, as the Conference immediately precedes the International Cocoa Council’s meeting of Member countries of the ICCO.

The bi-annual Conference, to be held for the first time in the Western Hemisphere, is taking place with the generous assistance of the Government of the Dominican Republic and the Comisión Nacional del Cacao.

For updated information on the Third World Cocoa Conference, including the latest programme and details of how to attend, please visit the event website  

Regular updates, with news and the latest images from the Conference, will be available on the ICCO’s Twitter channel, using the hashtag #worldcocoaconference16.

Papua New Guinea on 21 April 2016 signed the International Cocoa Agreement 2010, the United Nations Treaty Section has confirmed.

Click here to see the official notification of signature to the Agreement from the United Nations.

Pictured: H.E. Mr. Rupa Mulina, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Permanent Mission of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea

London, 20 April 2016--The Executive Director wishes to express his sincere condolences on behalf of the International Cocoa Organization to the Government of Ecuador and its people, following the devastating earthquake that hit the country on 16 April 2016.

This disaster has resulted in numerous fatalities and injuries as well as unprecedented destruction, affecting much of the national infrastructure.

The ravaged areas include some of the most important cocoa producing areas in the country and hundreds of farmers’ lives have been shattered by its effects.

The Government has responded with a rescue and replenishment programme for the delivery of much needed supplies to the affected areas, but it estimates that it will take years for the country to recover from this terrible event.

A special fund for international assistance and donations to help with the recovery process in Ecuador has been set up under the Crowdfunder domain: If preferred, donations can also be made through the Ecuadorian Embassy’s bank account in the United Kingdom:

Account Name:            Embajada de Ecuador

Account number:         01079078

Sort code:                    23-47-36

IBAN:                            GB89BBVA23473601079078

SWIFT:                          BBVAGB2L

The Organization would like to show its firm support to Ecuador, being a long-standing and important Member country, by making a contribution to the Fund, in order to assist in the recovery process, and would also encourage all Member countries and Observer Countries, as well as our partners in the cocoa and chocolate industry, to donate to the recovery fund.

The International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies, including the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy, as well as the Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, will meet at the Bávaro Convention Center, Bávaro, Dominican Republic, 26 - 28 May 2016, immediately following the Third World Cocoa Conference, to be held at the same location.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 26 - 28 May 2016, Bávaro, Dominican Republic

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Arrangements for the May 2016 meetings

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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is seeking candidates for the following positions to be based at its new headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

The positions and their United Nations gradings are as follows:

Accounts Assistant (G4/G5)

Administrative Assistant (G4/G5)

Administrative Officer (P1/P2)

Assistant of Director (G4/G5)

Communications and Meetings Assistant (G4/G5)

Conference Assistant (G4/G5)

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director (G4/G5)

Office Assistant (G2/G3)

Project Officer (P2/P3)

Receptionist (G2/G3)

Research Assistant (G6/G7)

Senior Financial & Budgetary Officer (P4/P5)

Statistical Assistant (G5/G6)

Strategy & Communications Coordinator (P3/P4)

Job descriptions are available to download for the highlighted positions. Further job descriptions will be uploaded as soon as they become available.

Interested candidates should send their CV, cover letter, photograph and salary expectation, by 29 April 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: All enquiries related to these positions must be directed to the email address above.

London, 19 February 2016 – As part of the World Cocoa Conference, set for 22 – 25 May at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center in Bávaro, Dominican Republic, three extra events will enrich the programme of the world’s largest cocoa gathering, the ICCO has just announced.

Immediately prior to the opening of the Conference, in a full-day session on Sunday 22 May, the Cocoa Producers’ Forum will encourage cocoa farmers from all over the world to get together, share experiences and harmonize their ideas in advance of the more formal business and technical sessions. Farmers representing the major cocoa growing regions are due to attend, and the meeting is free of charge to all farmers participating in the World Cocoa Conference.

Working with the international civil society organization Solidaridad, the ICCO is organizing the Women in Cocoa networking event, aimed to get women in the cocoa value chain better connected, and to strengthen networks. The fast-paced event will include short informal presentations, round tables with ‘speed dating’ for participants and demonstrations of food and cocoa products. The event is scheduled for the evening of Monday, 23 May, and will be open free of charge to all registered female participants at the Conference.

Last but not least, and taking place on Thursday, 26 May, immediately after the conclusion of the Conference main sessions, the day-long Fine or Flavour Cocoa Forum is being held to bring together all the participants in the fine or flavour part of the cocoa community. Cocoa growers, exporters and chocolate industry representatives (from the smallest chocolatiers to the large players), are most welcome to attend the Forum, which is being co-organized by the ICCO with direct trade fine cacao organization Direct Cacao. Once again, the Forum is free of charge to registered participants at the Conference.

All of these events are in addition to the main Conference, which runs from the official opening of the Exhibition on the afternoon of Sunday, 22 May to the final Gala Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, 25 May. Already hundreds of delegates have registered for the Conference, which will gather all parts of the cocoa value chain to Bávaro. Hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic, the event will be officially opened by the country’s President, H E Mr. Danilo Medina Sánchez, and addressed by senior representatives of cocoa producing and consuming country governments, as well as cocoa farmers from around the world, and over 100 speakers and panellists from the cocoa trade, the cocoa and chocolate industry, civil society and ancillary businesses.

For more details of the World Cocoa Conference, including the three extra events, and details of accommodation at discounted rates at the adjacent all-incusive hotels, please click on the logo below to visit the Conference website.

London, 26 February 2016--The International Cocoa Organization today releases its first forecasts for the 2015/2016 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2014/2015, as summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 1 - Volume XLII - Cocoa year 2015/2016 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of February 2016.

Summary of forecasts and revised estimates

Cocoa year
2014/2015 2015/2016 Year-on-year change
   Previous estimates a/ Revised estimates Forecasts  
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 4 201 4 230
4 154
- 76 - 1.8%
World grindings 4 123 4 146
4 225 + 79 + 1.9%
Surplus/deficit b/  + 36  + 42
 - 113    
End-of-season stocks 1 601 1 607 1 494
- 113 - 7.6%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 38.8% 38.8% 35.4%    

a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLI - No. 4 - Cocoa year 2014/2015
b/   Surplus/deficit: Net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s first forecasts for the 2015/2016 cocoa year, as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the October-December quarter of 2015. 

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2011/2012 to 2013/2014 and quarterly statistics for the period October-December 2013 to April-June 2015. Details of origin of imports and destination of exports for leading cocoa importing countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2005/2006 to 2013/2014 are presented for reference. 

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format, can be ordered by completing and returning this form, or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization
Westgate House
London W5 1YY, UK

Tel:              +44 (0)20 8991 6000
Fax:             +44 (0)20 8997 4372
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4 February 2016

Dear Mr. Sako Warren

Thank you for your open letter of 2 February.

We would remind you that the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) represents all stakeholders in the cocoa value chain, and as such, is prepared to cooperate with any actors in that chain. The objective of giving genuine cocoa farmers a stronger voice in the global conversation about the cocoa value chain, started in ICCO long before the ICCFO was established. This culminated in the Best Cocoa Farmer Award, designed by the ICCO and presented for the first time in Amsterdam at the second World Cocoa Conference in June 2014.

The programme of the upcoming World Cocoa Conference in the Dominican Republic has a Farmers Forum lasting a full day, to which all cocoa farmers are invited. This will take place on Sunday 22 May and all cocoa farmers can participate as long as they are registered participants to the ICCO’s World Cocoa Conference. Farmers are already coming from all over the world to participate in the Conference, including in several sessions of the main Conference that are specifically aimed at them and at their issues and concerns.

I suggest that you join us, rather than piggybacking on our established event with a competing conference of your own, a day before ours, for which you are charging participants a registration fee and soliciting sponsorship. This, in my view, is a deplorable and unfair practice, and is against the interests both of the ICCO and of the cocoa sector in general.

However, your members are welcome to join us at the World Cocoa Conference, and, doing so, would be able to speak to all parts of the value chain, not just to other farmers. That way, we can make progress on the serious issues arising in the cocoa sector.

We want to bring together all the different parts of the cocoa chain, very much including farmers, in order to achieve the ambitious goals that we have of making the whole chain more sustainable and of bringing benefits for all, but especially for the farmers.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Jean-Marc Anga
Executive Director
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

London, 28 January 2016 -- The ICCO Expert Working Group on Stocks (EWGS) met today, Thursday 28 January 2016, to review the level of world cocoa bean stocks. The EWGS is composed of experts in the cocoa field who meet once a year, at the invitation of the ICCO, to review and analyse the results of the ICCO’s annual survey of cocoa stocks held in warehouses worldwide. The survey is conducted every year since 2000 and aims to improve transparency in the cocoa market.

The result of the latest survey showed that world cocoa bean stocks rose to 1.505 million tonnes as at the end of the 2014/2015 cocoa year (30 September 2015), representing stock levels at 3,000 tonnes higher than the previous year. This result appeared to show a smaller supply surplus than the one published by the ICCO in November 2015 in its latest Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics (QBCS), estimated at 36,000 tonnes for the 2014/15 season.


Location of cocoa bean stocks 30 September
30 September
   (thousands of tonnes)
(thousands of tonnes)  (thousands of tonnes)
of which:      
Europe 677 763  86
Licensed US warehouse stocks                  254 244 -10
TOTAL ESTIMATED 1,502 1,505   3
Total world stocks (statistically-derived) QBCS 1,565 1,601  36

Totals and differences may differ due to rounding


The EWGS would like to note that caution should be exercised in the interpretation of the difference between the results of the survey and the statistically derived stocks.

The ICCO Secretariat maintains, so far, its supply surplus estimate of 36,000 tonnes for 2014/15 as published in its latest QBCS, and to be revised only in its next Bulletin due at the end of February 2016, taking into account the outcome of this survey.

Madagascar on 29 December 2015 signed the International Cocoa Agreement 2010 and provisionally applied it, the United Nations Treaty Section has confirmed.

Click here to see the official notification of signature to the Agreement from the United Nations.

Pictured: Mr. H.E. Mr. Zina Andrianarivelo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Madagascar signs the International Cocoa Agreement 2010 at United Nations headquarters in New York

The ICCO is seeking candidates for the post of Executive Director, the chief executive officer of the Organization.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up his or her post in January 2017.

Details of the post's requirements, tenure and remuneration are available for download. The contact details for prospective candidates are also included. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 March 2016.

For details in English, click here.

For details in French, click here.

For details in Russian, click here.

For details in Spanish, click here.





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ICCO Agreements

The ICCO International Cocoa Agreement is available to download in Acrobat PDF format.

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ICCO Membership Procedure

The procedures for becoming a member of the International Cocoa Organization are provided in Articles 52 to 57 of the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010.

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General Information

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