Two years


Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea

Nature of Project:

Pest and Pathogens

Estimated total Cost:

US$ 824,359

Financing commited by STDF:

US$ 604,491

US$ 98,337
Counterpart financing
US$ 121,531
Project Executing Agency (PEA):


Project Supervisory Body:

International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

Project Starting Date:

November 2013

Completion Date:

October 2015


Brief Description:

The project aims at producing and trading cocoa that meets food safety and international SPS standards.  This will include (i) improving the quality of cocoa through capacity building in SPS, (ii) promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing between stakeholder groups participating in the project, and (iii) raising awareness among cocoa stakeholders beyond the project’s immediate reach on food safety concerns in the whole supply chain (and how to address them).  The stakeholders targeted by the project include smallholder producers, agro-dealers, processors and exporters, also involving national and regional authorities that are responsible for research relating to cocoa, and SPS issues.


Project Objectives:

The overall development objective of this project is to improve market access for cocoa from Asia through capacity building in SPS and food safety practices and compliance.


Project Status:

Following the organization of the inception workshop in November 2013, project implementation commenced in all participating countries. By mid-March 2014, preparations of training material and questionnaires for surveys were finalized. A total of 50 manuals were printed for each participating country. In addition, 3 questionnaire forms were sent to the NIOs. From 7-17 April 2014, Malaysia organized the Training of Master Facilitators (TOMF). A total of 27 Master Facilitators were trained. TOMF for Indonesia was re-scheduled for September 2014 following the period of Ramadan. The project website was officially launched in May 2014 (www.cocoasafe.org). The first report covering the first six months of project implementation was reviewed by the SC and submitted to STDF. The first report covering the first six months is available (see link below).

The report of the 'CocoaSafe' Inception Meeting, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 27 - 28 November 2013, can be downloaded here.

The first report of the project, covering the first six months of activity, can be downloaded here.






ICCO Secretariat

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

Tel:  +225 22 51 49 50/51
Fax: +225 22 51 49 79
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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