Workshops and Seminars


SPS Africa Cocoa Project: Project Results Evaluation and Dissemination Workshop

10 - 13 December 2013, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

The final evaluation workshop for the “Cocoa SPS Africa Project” was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 10 – 13 December 2013. The workshop was organized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and Ministére de l’Agriculture de Côte d’Ivoire, with funding from the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF).

The objectives of the workshop were to evaluate the results and achievements of the project and to identify major constraints and lessons learnt from project implementation. The workshop also reviewed the recent SPS developments related to the cocoa and chocolate market and proposed recommendations for the dissemination of results, benefits and impact.

The workshop was attended by 60 participants from the five participating countries, as well as the representatives of EDES.COLEACP, CropLife Africa, UNIDO, European Cocoa Association (ECA), ICCO and other stakeholders.

The presentations at the workshop, recommendations and workshop report are provided below:

1.    COLEACP.EDES interventions in ACP countries (Chagema John Kedera, EDES)

2.    Overview of international SPS regulations and their impact on the cocoa trade (Marc Joncheere, ECA)

3.    Cocoa SPS Africa Project: achievements and impacts (Lucien Kouame, Regional Coordinator)

4.    SPS Cocoa Africa website (Laurent Pipitone, ICCO)

5.    Cocoa SAG implementation, challenges and benefits (Thomas Osei, QCC Ltd, Ghana)

6.    Methodology for conducting a self-assessment guide (Chagema John Kedera, EDES)

7.    Assessing pesticide use in cocoa (Jayne Crozier, CABI)

8.    List of approved pesticides (Roy Bateman, IPARC)

9.    Manual on safe use of pesticides (Roy Bateman, IPARC)

10.    Pesticide efficacy from the perspective of the plant science industry (Yao Bama, CropLife)

11.    Efficacy of pesticides used on cocoa (Roy Bateman, IPARC)

12.    Le LANADA et la securite sanitaire des aliments en Côte d’Ivoire (Dembele Ardjouma Armand, LANADA)

13.    Local regulatory and legislative provisions on SPS standards (Jerry Cooper, NRI)

14.   Tackling SPS-related challenges in cocoa by building capacity in testing laboratories and their accreditation (Marcel Gbaguidi, UNIDO)

   15.    Cross-border trade in illegal and obsolete pesticides and threat to the cocoa economy (Yao Bama, CropLife)

International Workshop On Cadmium in Cocoa and Chocolate Products

3 - 4 May 2012, London, UK

The International Workshop on Cadmium in Cocoa and Chocolate Products was held in London, United Kingdom from 3 – 4 May 2012. The workshop was organized by the International Cocoa Organization with generous sponsorship provided by the Government of Ecuador. The workshop was a response to concerns expressed by several cocoa producing countries in relation to the review of European Union Commission Regulation EC-1881/2006, which set maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs in relation to cadmium. The review could set maximum levels for cadmium residues in cocoa and chocolate products, which could significantly affect the capacity of cocoa producing countries to export cocoa into EU countries.

The objectives of the workshop were to: support cocoa producing countries and the cocoa and chocolate industry in gathering sufficient information on cadmium presence and to send it in the right format to DG SANCO; assess whether there was sufficient evidence to justify the need to establish maximum levels for cadmium in cocoa and chocolate products; to ensure that, if required, residue limits would be established at fair and achievable levels within a suitable transition period; and to enhance the knowledge and dialogue between all the stakeholders on health issues related to cadmium and to review the trade implications.

The workshop was attended by 52 participants from cocoa producing countries, the cocoa trade and industry, food safety authorities, the research community, and intergovernmental organizations.

The presentations at the workshop and its recommendations after two days of constructive deliberations are provided below.


Workshop On SPS Capacity Building in Africa to Mitigate the Harmful Effects of Pesticide Residues in Cocoa and to Maintain Market Access

7 - 10 June 2011, Yaoundé, Cameroon

To download the schedule of the Workshop On SPS Capacity Building in Africa to Mitigate the Harmful Effects of Pesticide Residues in Cocoa and to Maintain Market Access, click here.

A full report of this Workshop will appear here shortly.



International Workshop on the Safe Use of Pesticides and Harmonization of Legislation for Food Safety

25-27 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The International Workshop on the Safe Use of Pesticides in Cocoa and Harmonized Legislation for Food Safety was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25-27 January, 2011 with generous sponsorship provided by the Malaysian Cocoa Board, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation of the Netherlands and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative.  The Workshop was jointly organized by the ICCO and the Malaysian Cocoa Board.  The overall objective of the Workshop was to promote the safe use of pesticides throughout the cocoa value chain and to enhance the process of harmonization of legislation and regulations on pesticide residues in cocoa and related products, including standardization of analytical methods on pesticide residues.

The International Workshop brought together more than 200 participants from 18 countries spanning the five continents of the world. They included representatives from cocoa producers, traders, exporters, processors, chocolate manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and universities. The workshop was conducted over three days with 15 presentations in four focus areas, each followed by a Question and Answer session and by panel discussions. The four focus areas were: legislation for food safety and analytical methods; the safe use of pesticides; alternatives to pesticides; and perspectives on pesticide legislation from key stakeholders. On the final day, following active deliberations between the audience and the prominent experts serving on the Panel, the Workshop adopted a list of final recommendations. 

Please click here to download a full report of the Outcome of the Kuala Lumpur Workshop.