Some 29 organizations and countries operating across the spectrum of the international cocoa sector by 30 November had signed the ground-breaking Abidjan Cocoa Declaration, the ICCO revealed today.

The cocoa sector stakeholders, ranging from cocoa growers through their governments to civil society and most of the world’s largest manufacturers of chocolate, began the signing procedure at a special ceremony that concluded the World Cocoa Conference in Abidjan last week. A number of additional stakeholders were able to sign the Declaration after the Conference as well, and the Declaration remains open at ICCO headquarters in London to allow more cocoa stakeholder organizations to sign it.

The Abidjan Cocoa Declaration, which recommends specific and measurable actions to achieve a sustainable cocoa economy, reflects the more detailed proposals of the Global Cocoa Agenda. The important issues highlighted by the Agenda formed the basis of many of the presentations, discussions and panel sessions that took place at the World Cocoa Conference.

The Declaration is to be the first step in an ongoing process aimed at creating a sustainable future for the cocoa sector and helping to ensure that its benefits are shared along the entire chain, starting with the growers. Another World Cocoa Conference is planned in 2014 to monitor and review the progress made dealing with the issues outlined by the Declaration and the Agenda.

The texts of both the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration and the Global Cocoa Agenda are downloadable from the ICCO website here.

The signatories to the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration by 30 November 2012:

  1. Côte d’Ivoire
  2. Ghana
  3. Cameroon
  4. Ecuador
  5. The Democratic Republic of Congo
  6. Togo
  7. Papua New Guinea
  8. The ACP Group of States
  9. IDH
  11. ECA
  12. WCF
  13. ICI
  14. FCC
  15. HCCO
  16. Talents
  17. Mars
  18. Mondelez International
  19. Nestlé
  20. Ferrero Trading
  21. CEMOI
  22. Petra Foods
  23. Barry Callebaut
  24. Cargill
  25. ADM
  26. Armajaro Trading
  27. Touton
  28. Olam International / Outspan Ivoire
  29. Amtrada / Continaf

30 November 2012–The International Cocoa Organization today released its revised estimates, summarized below, of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for the 2011/2012 cocoa year. The data published in Issue No. 4 – Volume XXXVIII – Cocoa year 2011/2012 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of November 2012.

Summary of revised estimates


Cocoa year
2010/2011 2011/2012 Year-on-year change
forecasts a/
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World production 4 313 3 962 4 052 – 261 – 6.1%
World grindings 3 929 3 941 3 921    – 8 – 0.2%
Surplus/deficit b/ + 341   – 19    + 90
End-of-season stocks 1 774 1 754 1 864 + 90 + 5.1%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 45.2% 44.5% 47.5%

a/   Forecasts published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XXXVIII – No. 3 – Cocoa year 2011/2012
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 revised estimates for the 2011/2012 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 2011/2012 cocoa year.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2008/2009 to 2010/2011 and quarterly statistics for the period July-September 2010 to January-March 2012. Details of destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2002/2003 to 2010/2011 are presented for reference.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including in Microsoft Excel files and in Adobe PDF format versions, can be ordered here (Order for 2012 / 2013) or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization
Commonwealth House
1-19 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1NU, UK

Tel:              +44 (0)20 7400 5050
Fax:             +44 (0)20 7421 5500
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ABIDJAN, 23 November 2012–The Abidjan Cocoa Declaration—outlining a course of action to bring about major changes in the cocoa sector–was signed at the end of the successful first-ever edition of the World Cocoa Conference, held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire during the week of 19-23 November 2012.

The Conference, which was attended by over 1,200 delegates from cocoa producing and consuming nations all over the world, climaxed with the signing of the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration by representatives of the cocoa sector stakeholders, including governments, producers, processors, exporters, traders, chocolate manufacturers and civil society. The Declaration aims to move the entire sector onto a path of sustainable development that will benefit all stakeholders along the cocoa value chain.











The Conference was officially opened by the President of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Dr. Alassane Ouattara (pictured top), with the Ivorian Prime Minister also inaugurating the adjacent Exhibition. Delegates were also able to hear an address on the subject of the worst forms of child labour by the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Madame Dominique Ouattara, who leads the country’s programme to eliminate the practice.

Among the other topics debated by over 90 speakers and panelists at the Conference were cocoa certification, developing a sustainable industry and consumption of cocoa, methods of increasing productivity and improving farmer incomes. The huge range of presentations also informed delegates about the latest developments in the sector, from producer representatives originating from all over West Africa, as well as from Latin America and Asia, and attendees considered the various initiatives under way to help the development of the sector and the millions that depend on it worldwide.

The Conference, which was organized by the ICCO and hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, is to serve as the first stage in the development of the Global Cocoa Agenda, which recommends a series of actions for all stakeholders in order to develop the world’s cocoa sector. The next edition of the Conference, which will track the progress of the initiatives proposed this week, is due to take place in the Netherlands in 2014.

The Global Cocoa Agenda and the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration, as well as most of the presentations made at the World Cocoa Conference, are now available to download here.

Liberia on 13 November 2012 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.

Two new studies on cocoa certification commissioned by the ICCO are now available to be downloaded from the website.

The reports, Study on the costs, advantages and disadvantages of cocoa certification, by KPMG and Étude sur les coûts, les avantages et les désavantages de la certification du cacao, by Global Business Consulting Company, both published in October 2012, can be downloaded from the ICCO documents section of the site here.

The ICCO would like to give special thanks to the Governments of the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, as well as to the Association of the German Confectionery Industry BDSI, for their generous contributions towards funding these essential studies of cocoa certification.