Two years and a half

Nature of Project:

Market Access and Market Development

Estimated total Cost:
US$ 337,125
Financing commited by CFC:

 US$ 91,875


 US$ 92,000

Counterpart Financing:

 US$ 153,250

Project Executing Agency (PEA):

 Bioversity International

Project Supervisory Body:

International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

Project Starting Date:

 March 2009

Completion Date:

 September 2011


Brief Description

The main project activities were: identification and acquisition of samples of promising cocoa origins; cocoa liquor, chocolate production and sample evaluation; cocoa flavour diversity celebration and attribution of awards at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris; and establishment of a global “Cocoa of Excellence) platform and dissemination of project results.


Project Objectives

 The main objective of the project is to contribute towards greater diversification of cocoa markets through the identification of speciality cocoa origins with recognized or newly discovered flavour attributes. This will increase awareness along the cocoa supply chain of the diversity and complexity of cocoa flavours from diverse genetic and geographic sources.


Project Results

A total of 147 samples from 19 countries were received and analyzed out of which the Sensorial Technical Committee selected 50 samples with promising flavour attributes and processed into cocoa liquor. The liquor samples were subjected to sensorial evaluation by three international experts according to 12 flavour characteristics as well as global preference. These samples were processed into chocolate by chocolate manufacturers in line with agreed working procedures.

Chocolate prepared from the 50 samples of the cocoa liquor were evaluated by professionals for International Cocoa Award at the 2010 Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France. Three prizes were awarded for each of the four cocoa growing regions.


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ICCO Secretariat

Postal Address:
International Cocoa Organization
06 BP 1166 Abidjan 06
Côte d'Ivoire

Tel:  +225 22 51 49 50/51
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ICCO Agreements

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

Go to the ICCO Agreements page

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.

How to Become an ICCO Member - International Cocoa Agreement 2010