The final evaluation workshop for the project on “SPS Capacity Building in Africa to Mitigate the Harmful Effects of Pesticide Residues in Cocoa and to Maintain Market Access will be held at Ivotel Plateau, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 10 – 13 December 2013. The objectives of the workshop are to evaluate the achievements of the project to date, to review constraints encountered, to review recent SPS developments and pesticides available for cocoa, to provide necessary capacity building and make appropriate recommendations for subsequent dissemination in participating countries.
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
The Regional Workshop for the ICCO SPS Cocoa Project in Africa is set to take place 7 - 10 June 2011, in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The Workshop will be held at Hotel Mont Fébé in Yaoundé, and will be hosted by the government of Cameroon.