Who we are

Who we are

The ICCO at a glance

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is an inter-governmental organization established in 1973 under the auspices of the United Nations and operating within the framework of successive International Cocoa Agreements.

The Organization comprises 51 Member countries, of which 22 are cocoa-exporting countries and 29 are cocoa-importing countries. These Member countries together represent 92% of world cocoa exports and 80% of world cocoa imports.

Cocoa

Our Vision

Our vision is to see the achievement of the objectives set in the Global Cocoa Agenda for a Sustainable World Cocoa Economy. This Agenda, an outcome of the First World Cocoa Conference which took place in Abidjan in 2012, it is a roadmap set by cocoa stakeholders to achieve a Sustainable Cocoa Economy. Stakeholders have collectively agreed to tackle key challenges and take actions with respect to : Sustainable production, Sustainable industry chain, Sustainable consumption, and Strategic management of the cocoa sector. Our vision is to achieve these four objectives, for the benefits of all stakeholders.

Capacity Building on Price Risk Management Strategy for Cocoa Smallholder Farmers in Africa

Our Mandate

Our organization has the mandate to support the Sustainable Development of the global cocoa sector by fostering cooperation amongst its Member Countries and between the later and other cocoa stakeholders. This mandate is derived from the International Cocoa Agreement 2010 which has been ratified by the organization Members Countries.

In particular, for the years 2019-2024, ICCO Members have agreed on a 5 years Strategic Action Plan with key priorities:

Cocoa Farmers

 Improve significantly the living income and the working conditions of cocoa farmers

Environmental Sustainability

Improve the environmental footprint of the cocoa supply chain, in the global context of climate change

Cocoa Development

Implement and support national cocoa development plans, embedded in holistic rural development plans

Local processing

Encourage local processing and manufacturing of cocoa and cocoa-based products in producing countries

Consumption

Promote the consumption of cocoa-based products, especially in producing countries

Collaboration

Improve policy dialogue and collaboration between all actors in the cocoa value chain

Statistics

Produce statistical information on production, grindings, trade, stocks and prices of cocoa beans and semi-finished products