Interactivity rules for the 1,500 attendees at WCC Berlin

ICCO Executive Director Jean-Marc Anga at the openingThe most interactive edition ever of the World Cocoa Conference, the fourth in the ICCO’s series, was held at the Maritim Berlin Hotel in the German capital in late April, attracting about 1,500 attendees from 65 countries.

The Conference, which was generously hosted by the government of the German Federal Republic, and co-organised with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, was also graced with the participation of dignitaries including ministers from ICCO Member cocoa exporting countries: Côte d’Ivoire (Minister of Trade of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E. Mr. Souleymane Diarrassouba), Cameroon (Minister of Trade H.E. Mr. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana), Ecuador (Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr. Rubén Flores Agreda), Nicaragua (Minister of Development, Industry and Commerce H.E. Mr. Orlando Solorzano Delgadillo), the Dominican Republic (Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr. Angel Estevez Boudierd, and, representing Peruvian Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr. Gustavo Eduardo Mostajo Ocola, the Ambassador of Peru to Germany, H.E. Mr. Elmer Schialer.

Also on hand to address delegates were Frank Mars, Board Member of Mars, the platinum sponsor of the four-day event, along with senior representatives of a number of important NGOs, civil society organizations and international donor agencies.

At registrationConference delegates were welcomed to Berlin by Senator Dr. Dirk Behrendt, and the official Welcome Address was given by German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, H.E. Ms. Julia Klöckner. The opening session of the Conference also heard from youngsters from the German-based anti-child labour lobby group Schokofair.

ICCO Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc Angagave the keynote presentation of the Conference, offering his candid view of the current situation in the cocoa sector and outlining his vision for achieving the changes required for the Global Cocoa Agenda, agreed at the first WCC in Abidjan in 2012.

Inspirational speaker and author Rick Antonson advised the large audience to consider legacy issues in its discussions about the future of the sector, and use ‘cathedral thinking’ to address the ultimate goals for cocoa.

Master of ceremonies Lucas Simons of NewForesight led the main Conference proceedings, and introduced a number of innovations to the Conference, aimed at increasing audience participation and providing practical and useful thinking from the entire audience of stakeholders on the serious issues being addressed. One of these was to invite the entire audience to discuss the presentations around round discussion tables set up in each of their chosen tracks across four major Conference topic areas in cocoa: Sustainable Production, Sustainable Industry, Sustainable Consumption and Sustainable Management.

He introduced the moderators who would guide the tracks, consisting of ‘deep dives’ into possible solutions for the sector: Simran Sethi, journalist and Fellow of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, who led the Production track; Committee on Sustainability Assessment President Daniele Giovannicci, who took the helmfor the Industry track; Dr. Torben Erbrath, Director of the Association for the German Confectionery Industry, leading the Consumption track, and Lucas Simons himself who led the Management track.

The audience was also invited at many stages to be more involved in the proceedings of the Conference by taking part in extra impact interviews (organized by NGO Solidaridad) with personalities from the sector, by being active in the interactive polling that took place at several points during the plenary sessions and by contributing to the Twitter wall that was actively used throughout the event.

The first afternoon offered a taster of each of the track topics, with panel sessions on topics ranging from achieving living income for farmers and addressing deforestation, through to stakeholder influence on the entire value chain and a new vision from producing countries, industry, civil society and farmers themselves.

The four breakout sessions of the second day of the Conference included a series of short and in-depth presentation ‘bursts’, before the members of the audience were invited to discuss, comment and make proposals on what they had heard. Led by the track moderators, the audience inputs were compiled at the end of the day to feed their ideas into the Berlin Declaration, the document that came out of the Conference aimed at showing a way forward for the sector.

The final day of the Conference addressed the next steps for the sector to take and the way forward, with an opening statement by the Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat, Viwanou Gnassounou, and including a summing up of the four tracks by the moderators. Other sessions dealt with assessing the progress toward a sustainable world cocoa economy, looked at new products and new potential in the cocoa and chocolate sector, reported on the highlights of the International Symposium on Cocoa Research in Peru last November to show the way science is supporting cocoa farming, and addresses gender issues and the empowerment of women in the sector.

It was then time for the audience to consider the draft of the Berlin Declaration, to which each of them had contributed via the discussions and the ongoing Twitter wall and other social media channels. The statement was then amended to take in many of the comments and suggestions that came in, making its content the most wide-ranging and representative position on the world cocoa sector yet produced by the WCC or the ICCO. You can see the final version of the Berlin Declaration and the compiled comments from the four tracks here.

Two popular side events at the Conference drew large audiences who gave their rapt attention: the second editions of both the Fine Flavour Forum, which immediately preceded the Conference, and the Women in Cocoa and Chocolate event, which took place on one of the Conference evenings.

The Fine Flavour Forum, devised in conjunction with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting and moderated by IICCT Director Martin Christy and Founder Maricel Presilla. The day-long meeting looking at the fine cocoa and chocolate segment of the market, packed in discussions of new responses to issues like standards for evaluating fine cocoa and chocolate, productivity and profit in the sector, the increase in small-scale production and the threat from cadmium legislation. It included reports on the latest developments in the main fine flavour cocoa origins, some discussion segments and even a chocolate tasting.

The Women in Cocoa and Chocolate event, co-organized with NGO Solidaridad and sponsored by Mondelēz International brought together speakers from civil society, industry and farmers themselves, for an evening of interactive discussion, food, drink, music and dance that was much appreciated by all those who attended and underlined not only the role of women in cocoa but also how increasing their inclusion is even more crucial with the challenges that the sector now has to face.

Socially, delegates gathered in the WCC Exhibition, where suppliers to the sector were showing their latest products and services, for the Welcome Reception, to be greeted by Freidrich Wacker of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture Food and by the ICCO’s Dr. Jean-Marc Anga. The Executive Director also took charge at the Conference Gala Dinner, held in the splendid 18th Century courtyard of the German Historical Museum, and graciously sponsored by Mondelēz International, whose Executive Vice President and President Europe, Hubert Weber, addressed the delegates during the evening. As is the tradition at this event, the ICCO also presented artisanal mementos of the occasion to the German host nation (represented by Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture) and to the three winners of special recognition for their work in the sector. The deserving recipients were Madam Yatta Samah, Chairperson of the Moawoma Rural Women’s Development Association of Sierra Leone, Antonie Fountain, Managing Director of the Netherlands-based NGO group VOICE network, and Dr. José Antonio Martinez Rojas, of the Comisión Nacional del Cacao of the Dominican Republic, a veteran representative of his country to the ICCO.

The main Conference concluded with closing remarks from the host government, delivered by Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and was wrapped up by Dr. Anga, who thanked the German government hosts, the organizing partners, the moderators and speakers as well as the many sponsors, donors, exhibitors, and assistants for their collective help in creating the most successful — and interactive — World Cocoa Conference yet.

Close to 200 photos from the Conference are available by clicking here

A video of some of the highlights of the Conference is available by clicking here


Main Conference Programme

(Click on highlighted presenter names to download their presentations)


Day 1: Vision and Challenges

Official Opening of the Conference

9:30 Welcome Address from the City of Berlin
Dr. Dirk Behrendt, Senator for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination

9:35 Welcome Address
H.E. Julia Klöckner, H.E Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany

9:55 Schokofair Presentation

10:00 Ministerial Addresses
H.E. Minister of Trade of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E.M. Souleymane Diarrassouba
H.E. Minister of Trade of Cameroon, H.E.M. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana
H.E. Minister of Agriculture of Ecuador, H.E.M. Rubén Flores Agreda
H.E. Minister of Development, Industry and Commerce of Nicaragua, H.E.M. Orlando Solorzano Delgadillo
H.E. Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, H.E.M. Angel Estevez Boudierd
H.E. Minister of Agriculture of Peru, H.E.M. Gustavo Eduardo Mostajo Ocola (represented by the Ambassador of Peru to Germany, H.E. Mr. Elmer Schialer)

10:50 Keynote Presentation
Dr Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO

11:10 Cocoa Break
Impact interviews on the couch by Solidaridad (1st Floor Foyer)

11:40 Statement by the Platinum Sponsor
Frank Mars, Member of the Board of Directors, Mars Incorporated

11:55 An Overview of Germany’s Chocolate Industry
Stephan Nießner, Chairman,The Association of the German Confectionery Industry

12:10 Introduction of conference moderator
Lucas Simons, CEO, NewForesight

12:30 Lunch 
Sponsored by Mars

12:45 –13:15
During lunch the Press Conference will take place in the Wien Room

14.00 Out-of-the box perspective on the Global Cocoa Agenda
Rick Antonson, Guest Speaker, KSC – Canada

14:20 Panel discussion: Sustainable Production, Prosperous Farmers and Thriving Communities
Achieving living incomes for farmers against the background of the recent collapse in cocoa prices on the international markets
Moderator: Simran Sethi, Journalist and Fellow, Institute for Food and Development Policy
Jose Antonio Martinez Rojas, Cocoa producer – Dominican Republic
Friedel Hütz-Adams, Researcher, Südwind Institute – Germany
Arjen Boekhold, Chain Director, Tony’s Chocolonely – The Netherlands
Sayina Riman, President, Cocoa Association of Nigeria, CAN – Nigeria
Cathy Pieters, Director Cocoa Life Program, Mondelēz – Switzerland

14:50 Panel discussion: Sustainable Industry
: Addressing deforestation in the cocoa supply chain
Moderator: Daniele Giovannucci, President, Committee on Sustainability Assessment
Etelle Higonnet, Legal and Campaign Director, Mighty Earth – USA
Rick Scobey, President, World Cocoa Foundation – USA
Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head, Green Commodities Programme, UNDP – USA
Abraham Adusei, WCFO – Ghana
Dogui Aboa, Technical Counselor, SODEFOR, Ministry of Forestry – Côte d’Ivoire

15:20 Cocoa Break

15:50 Panel discussion: Sustainable Consumption: How Producers/Consumers Can Influence the Entire Cocoa Value Chain
Moderator: Dr Torben Erbrath, Director, Association of the German Confectionery Industry – BDSI
Andreas Ronken, CEO, Ritter Sport – Germany (Presentation on the Ritter Sport model – from Nicaragua – for improving cocoa and chocolate sales)
Carolina Aguilar, Deputy Regional Director, Quality & Growth Latin America, Lutheran World Relief
Evelyn Bahn, Business & Human Rights, Sustainable Cocoa, Inkota – Germany

16:20 Panel discussion: New vision for a sustainable cocoa sector from across the value chain
Moderator: Lucas Simons, CEO, NewForesight
Group 1 – Producing Countries
Michael Ndoping, CEO, Office National du Cacao et du Café (ONCC) – Cameroon
Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board
H.E. Mr. Rubén Flores Agreda, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture – Ecuador
Group 2 – Industry, Development Agency, Civil Society, Farmers
Nicko Debenham, VP Global Cocoa Sustainability, Barry Callebaut
Joost Oorthuizen, Executive Director, IDH – The Netherlands
Antonie Fountain, Managing Director, Voice Network – The Netherlands
Warren Sako, Secretary General, WCFO – The Netherlands

17:30: Overview of the day and information on the following day
Lucas Simons, CEO, NewForesight

17.30: End of main programme, Monday


Day 2: Deep dives into viable solutions

Simultaneous breakout sessions

Track 1: Sustainable Production, Prosperous Farmers and Thriving Communities
How can we move to a sustainable business case and a living income for farmers?
Track Moderator: Simran Sethi

9:00 What is the actual situation of cocoa farmers?
Anna Laven, Senior Advisor, KIT – The Netherlands
Esapa Patrick, South West Farmers’ Cooperative (SOWEFCU) – Cameroun
Aminata Bamba, Head of Sustainability, ECOOKIM – Côte d’Ivoire

How important is the farm gate cocoa price for a living income and what can be done to improve it?
Carla Veldhuyzen, Fairtrade
Annemarie Matthess, Head of the Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business Programme, West- and Central Africa, GIZ – Germany
Eric Ranaivosoa, Secretary, Groupement des Acteurs du Cacao de Madagascar

10:30 Morning Cocoa Break

11:00 How can we increase productivity: what are the trends in mechanization and digitalization in farming (e.g. mobile banking, GPS, drones, internet of things)?
Manfred Borer, Chairman, Koltiva – Indonesia
Hassan Elamri Head of Business Management Crop Protection West and Central Africa, BASF – Morocco
Elise Benhamou, Agronomy & Business Development Cocoa, GBU Africa, Netafim – France

The effects of climate change and deforestation: how can farmers adapt or mitigate them?
Brigitte Laliberté, Scientist, Bioversity – Italy
Petra Kollmannsberger, COO, 12Tree – Germany
Toussaint N’Guessan, Organisation Mondiale des Cultivateurs de Cacao – World Cocoa Producer Organisation –-Côte d’Ivoire
Edit Kiss, Director, Business Development and Operations, Althelia – UK
Jonas Mva Mva, Cocoa Program Director, IDH –-The Netherlands

12:30 Lunch

14:00 How can we attract the youth into cocoa farming (focusing on professionalizing young cocoa farmers, access to credit and land rights)?
Euphrasie Aka, Country Director and Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, International Cocoa Initiative
Frank Okyere, Farmgate Foundation
Jose Valdez Santos, President, Valdez Cacao SFM S.R.L – Dominican Republic
Carina Yuri Picado, Cooperative La Compesina – Nicaragua
Beatrice Moulianitaki, Head of Sustainable Sourcing, The Hershey Company – Switzerland

15:30 Afternoon Cocoa Break

16:00 Human rights in cocoa communities: focus on the gender issue. How can we develop gender equity and more opportunities for women in the cocoa sector?
Helen Van Hoeven, Oxfam America
Viviane Brou N’Goran, Federation of Women Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire
Margreet Groot, Cocoa Life Communications & Budget Manager, Lead Women’s Empowerment – Mondelēz

How can we eliminate the worst forms of child labour in cocoa-producing countries?
Amany Konan, Consultant National en charge de la lutte contre le travail des enfants au Cabinet de la Première Dame, Comité National de Surveillance des actions de lutte contre la traite, l’exploitation et le travail des enfants (CNS) – Côte d’Ivoire
Nick Weatherill, Executive Director, International Cocoa Initiative
Virginie Mahin – Mondelēz

Closing remarks

17:30 End of Track 1 sessions

Track 2: Sustainable Industry 
How can we create an efficient industry chain that more effectively links farmers to markets and ensures profitability for everyone in the whole chain?
Track Moderator: Daniele Giovannucci

9:00 How can we create access to inputs and services? How important is access to finance?
Dirk Lebe, Deputy Program Director & Financial Services Specialist, Swisscontact – Indonesia
Coralie David, Senior Research Analyst, ResponsAbility – France
James Webb, Senior Manager Innovative Finance, IDH – The Netherlands
Justine Maytraud, Investment officer, Solidarité International pour le développement et l’Investissement – France
Solène Prince Agbodjan, Agriculture Technical Advisor, Africa, Oiko Credit – Côte d’Ivoire

How can we create commercially-oriented and professional farmer-based organizations? How can we reach unorganized farmers and avoid the low-hanging fruit syndrome?
Michiel Hendriksz, Executive Director, Farmstrong Foundation – Switzerland
Hugh Johnson, Vice President, WCFO – Jamaica
Judith Steffens, Project Coordinator, PRO-PLANTEURS/GISCO – Germany
Víctor Ganoza, Country Director, TechnoServe Peru – Peru

10:30 Morning Cocoa Break

11:00 How can we mitigate the price risk in cocoa? How can we further develop innovation in addressing price volatility, and what are examples of innovative mechanisms?
Nicolas Mounard, CEO, Farm Africa – UK
David Short, Consultant, Aidenvironment – The Netherlands
Albert Scalla, Senior Vice President, INTL FCStone – USA
Federico Vignati, Chief Executive Environment and Climate Change, CAF – Peru

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Will increased origin processing impact trade and increase profitability in origin countries? What are the opportunities for small-scale cocoa processing?
Francesca Kleemans, Commercial Director, Cocoa, Cargill – The Netherlands
Gerard Stapleton, LMC International – UK
Joseph Forson, Ghana Cocoa Board – Ghana
Joaquin Muñoz, Head of Sustainability, CEMOI – France

Is the ethical cocoa trade a myth or reality?
Dario Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International – Germany
Eric Garnier, Choba Choba – Switzerland
Elizabeth Rizo, Head of the Purchasing Station, Ritter Sport – Nicaragua

15:30 Afternoon Cocoa Break

16:00 How can we create traceability in our supply chains? What are the technological advances and breakthroughs?
André Van den Beld, COCOANECT B.V. – The Netherlands
Taco Terheijden, Director of Cocoa Sustainability, Cargill – The Netherlands

What are the opportunities in diversification and the alternative methods to generate additional income (a business case approach)?
Richard Asare, Lead Scientist, Cocoa, IITA
Dr. Christophe Kouamé, Director, World Agroforestry – Côte d’Ivoire
Hernan Manson, Head Inclusive Agribusiness and Trade, International Trade Center – Switzerland
Edmond Konan, Président Directeur Général, Global Business Group – Côte d’Ivoire

Closing Remarks

17:30 End of Track 2 Sessions

Track 3: Sustainable Consumption
How do we ensure continuous and growing demand for sustainably produced cocoa and cocoa-based products?
Track Moderator: Dr. Torben Erbrath

9:00 What is the global demand and supply balance and what are the emerging new markets?
Dr Edward George, Head of Group Research, Ecobank – UK
Steve Wateridge, Tropical Research – UK
Eric Bergman, Agricultural Commodities Broker/Trader, Jenkins Sugar Group – USA

How will innovative cocoa-based recipes shape future demand?
Martin Christy, Director, International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting – UK

10:30 Morning Cocoa Break

11:00 How powerful is marketing in influencing demand?
John George, Ingredients analyst, Euromonitor International – UK
Marieke Bokkes, Market Analyst, Innova Market Insights – The Netherlands

What is the effect of consumption promotion schemes in countries of origin?
Fernando Antonio Teixeira Mendes, CEPLAC – Brazil
Gerardo Paez, Empresa el Vergel – Nicaragua

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Certification and its challenges
Jack Steijn, ISO/CEN – The Netherlands
Han de Groot, Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance
Fuzz Kitto, Stop the Traffik – Australia

15:30 Afternoon Cocoa Break

16:00 What is the secret of producing the best chocolate?
Andreas Bertram, Director ZDS – Germany
Warren Hsu, CEO & Executive Chef, FuWan Chocolate Resort – Taiwan
Samantha Aquim, Q Chocolate – Brazil
José Vicente Franceschi, Casa Franceschi – Venezuela
Rex Puentespina, Director, Malagos Chocolate – Philippines

What is the impact of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures on the cocoa supply chain?
Alice Costa, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager, CAOBISCO – Belgium
Juan Pablo Zuñiga, President, ANECACAO – Ecuador
Julia Manetsberger, EU Food Safety Manager, European Cocoa Association – Belgium
Luisa Urbaez, President, Venezuela Cocoa Corporation  – Venezuela

Closing Remarks

17:30 End of Track 3 sessions

Track 4: Sustainable Management
How do we create the right enabling environment to make the whole sector more sustainable?
Track Moderator: Lucas Simons

9:00 What is the role of industry and governments and multistakeholder platforms in facilitating the enabling environment?
Urs Furrer, Director, Chocosuisse – Switzerland
Rick Scobey, President, WCF – USA
Jonas Mva Mva, Cocoa Program Director, IDH – The Netherlands
Leif Pedersen, Senior Commodities Advisor, UNDP Green Commodities Program – Switzerland
Wolf Kropp-Büttner, Chairman, GISCO – Germany
Nanga Coulibaly, Conseil du Café-Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire

Financial service providers in cocoa: What are the latest tools available to assist cocoa farmers and their governments?
Claudia Huber, Independent Expert, Dev-Impact – Switzerland
Jay Daniliuk, Private Sector Advisor, USAID
Mariam Gabala, Cabinet MDG Consulting – Côte d’Ivoire
Jean-Luc Konan, Président Directeur Général, Cofina – Côte d’Ivoire
Yvonne Chileshe, Expert Commodities value Chains – ACP Secretariat
Michael de Groot, Senior investment Manager – Rabobank, Belgium

Morning Cocoa Break

The missing link of extension services: how can we better facilitate the transfer of science to farmers?
Ruud Ludermann, Senior Expert on Capacity Building and Agricultural Extension, University of Wageningen – Centre for Development Innovation
Stephan Brunner, Global Key Relation Manager, Bayer Crop Science – Germany
Leoncio Altamirano, Cooperativa Multisectorial cacaoteros Organicos de Rosita – Nicaragua
Mercy Asamoah, Senior Reach Scientist, CRIG

How do we optimize farmer protection (safety net)?
Suzan Yemidi, International Programme Coordinator IPC (Cocoa), Solidaridad
Vincent Okyere Akomeah, Ghana Cocoa Board
Michael de Groot, Senior investment Manager – Rabobank, Belgium


How do we bring about good production management policies and what are their effects in producing countries? 

Richard Asare, Lead Scientist, Cocoa, IITA – Nigeria
Dr. Niek Koning, WUR – The Netherlands
Abdel Aziz El-Marzougui, Afreximbank – Egypt

Could commodity exchanges trading cocoa based in producing countries improve volatility and stabilize cocoa prices?
Prof. Christopher Gilbert, Adjunct Professor, Bologna Institute for Policy Research, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies – Italy

Afternoon Cocoa Break

How can we improve social conditions and economic development at smallholder level?
Emanuele Biraghi, Private Sector Specialist UNICEF – Côte d’Ivoire
Abraham Adusei, WCFO – Ghana
Victorine Kouaglou, Société Cooperative Koado-Due – Côte d’Ivoire

What is the GCA framework and how do we activate it?
Philippe Fontayne, Vice-Président, Conseil National du cacao – Madagascar
Producing Country Representatives – TBA

How can we get sufficient land under production and improve land titles?
Gisèle Dutheuil, Director, Institut Audace Afrique – Côte d’Ivoire

Closing Remarks

End of Track 4 sessions

World Cocoa Conference Gala Dinner at the German HIstorical Museum



Day 3: Next steps and the way forward
Moderator: Lucas Simons

09:00 Panel discussion: New Vision – The Way Forward
Opening statement by Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat
Panellists, Track moderators:
Simran Sethi
Daniele Giovannucci
Dr Torben Erbrath
Lucas Simons

10:00 Assessing the Progress toward a Sustainable World Cocoa Economy

Key performance Indicators
Will Saab,Senior Consultant, NewForesight

Visual Presentation of the outcome of the 3D installation
Boukje Theeuwes, Solidaridad

10:30 Cocoa Break

11:00 New products, new potential
New Products
Making Chocolate Products Without Fat, Sugar or Sweeteners – A New Chemistry
Gregory Aharonian, President, Chief Scientist, Kukaxoco

Ruby Chocolate: its potential and market share
Bas Smit, Head of Global Marketing, Barry Callebaut

New Potential
Fine or Flavour Cocoa – Highlights from the Forum
Martin Christy, Director, IITCC

12:00 The science in support of cocoa farming 
Highlights from the International Symposium on Cocoa Research
Brigitte Laliberté, Expert on Cocoa Genetic Resources, Bioversity International

12:20 Gender Equality and Women Empowerment 
Highlights from the Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Forum
Caroline Lubbers, Solidaridad
Yaa Amekudzi, Director Cocoa Life, Ghana, Mondelez International

12:40 Reviewing the Berlin Declaration of the World Cocoa Conference 2018
Considering the main document resulting from the Conference, distributed earlier today

13:00 Lunch
Impact interviews on the couch by Solidaridad (1st Floor Foyer)

14:30 The Berlin Declaration: Presentation of the Recommendations of WCC4 and adoption by the Conference

15:00 Closing Remarks
Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization

15:15 Closing Remarks by the Host Government
Dr Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development,

15:30 Closing of the Conference


Fine Flavour Forum
Co-organized with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (IICCT)
Moderators: Martin Christy and Maricel Presilla
09:00 Introduction and Opening Remarks 
Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO
Martin Christy, Director, International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (UK)09:10 An overview of the developments since the 2016 Fine and Flavour Forum in origin cocoas and chocolate products
Maricel Presilla, Founder, International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (IICCT) & International Chocolate Awards, Gran Cacao Company, FCIA09:30 Standards and tools for evaluating fine cacao and chocolate

Darin SukhaResearch Fellow, Cocoa Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, (Trinidad and Tobago)
Dr. Alexander Rast, University of Southampton (UK)
Martin Christy
Maricel Presilla
10.40 Panel: Do certified and ethical products work in conjunction with fine cacao?
How Fine and Flavour cocoa can increase farmer income / Productivity and Profit

Frank Homann, Founder and CEO, Xoco (Honduras/Denmark)
Guido Castagna, Award-winning artisanal bean-to-bar chocolatier, giandujotti maker, author, TV personality (Italy)
Warren Hsu, CEO, Executive Chef and Chocolate Maker, Fu Wan Chocolate Resort (Taiwan)
Mikkel Friis-Holm, Award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate maker, chef (Denmark)
11:10 Cocoa Break11:30 Examining the increase in small-scale production: can cocoa emulate the rise of speciality coffee?

Spencer Hyman, Cocoa Runners (UK)12.00 Assessing the threat from cadmium legislation on fine cocoa origins and on small chocolate makers

Esteban Tinoco, Economist, International Cocoa Organization (Ecuador)
Luis Mendosa (Peru)12:30 Lunch
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN SOME OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE FINE AND FLAVOUR ORIGINS:14.00 Nicaragua: H.E. Mr. Orlando Solórzano, Minister of Development, Industry and Commerce14:10 Ecuador: H.E. Mr. Rubén Flores Agreda, Minister of Agriculture14:20 Madagascar: Mr. Ravalomanda Andry Tiana, General Director of Foreign Trade14:30 Peru14:40 New Approaches to Promoting Quality Chocolate: The View of Successful Suppliers to the German Market
Michaela Schupp
, Owner, (Germany)
Iveta Kilianová, Hover Chocolates (Germany)
Ciaran Close, Hover Chocolates (Germany)

Katharina Zeilinger, Belyzium Craft Chocolate (Germany)15:30 Cocoa Break15.50 Roundtable Discussions

16:50 Forum Closes
Winners of the International Chocolate Awards and why they won. Descriptions and tastings.17:15 Forum ends


Women in Cocoa and Chocolate (WINCC) Evening

Organized by Solidaridad / Sponsored by Mondelez International


18.00 Welcome

18.25 Opening, welcome word
Cathy Pieters, Mondelez International

18.30 Introduction of the theme
Boukje Theeuwes, Solidaridad

18.45 Keynote speaker
Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head of the Green Commodities Programme, UNDP

19.00 Inspirational speaker
Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, Director Cocoa Life Ghana, Mondelez International
Marie Jeanne Kombo NZore, UGTCI

19.15 Interactive group exercise and reflections

20.00 Wrap up of the evening
Caroline Lubbers, Solidaridad

20.15 Music, dance and drinks: networking time

21.00 End of the programme