This 5th edition of the World Cocoa Conference will be taking place on 21-24 April 2024 at the Brussels Convention Centre –Square1 – in Brussels, Belgium
The conference will focus on discussing measures leading to an equitable distribution of value along the cocoa supply chain, to ensure a better living income for farmers, under the theme: “Paying more for a Sustainable Cocoa”.
The event will be organized over a four-day period to cover plenary and breakout sessions.
Alongside the regular program the Global Village, a dynamic exhibition, will offer exhibition booths, private meeting spaces, silent sessions, and a number of peripheral events, providing the perfect space for learning, networking and interacting with the global cocoa community.
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Official Inauguration of the Exhibition
Welcome Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Molenbergnatie
Two side events will be organized 14:00 – 16:30 at The Square
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Opening of the Conference
Introduction by the Facilitator: Leanne de Bassompierre
Official Opening of the Conference
Welcome addresses and speeches
Presentation by the Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation,
Presentation by the Executive Director, ICCO, of the main theme of the Conference,
Conference programme outlined by the Facilitator: Leanne de Bassompierre
Lunch Break and Press Conference
Guest Speaker 1 – Keynote Presentation
Panel 1: The quest for the living income of smallholder farmers:
why are we stuck and how can we fix it?
The EU Alliance for a Sustainable Cocoa
Keynote speakers from the European Commission
Key highlights and summary of the day by the Facilitator: Leanne de Bassompierre
End of the day
|Time Slot||TRACK 1||TRACK 2||TRACK 3|
|SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT||MARKET DEVELOPMENT||GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT AND THE FUNCTIONING OF MARKETS|
|Moderator 1: Simran Sethi||Moderator 2: Tedd George||Moderator 3: Viwanou Gnassounou|
|09:00||Panel 2: Farmer Income and Social Responsibility in cocoa farming||Panel 6: Prospects for the Asian cocoa markets||Panel 10: Cocoa policies and regulations|
|10:30||Cocoa Break||Cocoa Break||Cocoa Break|
|11:00||Panel 3: The true cost of cocoa||Panel 7: Sensorial and nutraceutical quality attributes||Panel 11: Supply management|
|12:30||Lunch Break||Lunch Break||Lunch Break|
|14:30||Panel 4: Strengthening Global Partnerships||Panel 8: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures||Panel 12: Commodity Exchange|
|16:00||Panel 5: The role of women in cocoa community||Panel 9: Cocoa By-products||Panel 13: Farmer Representativeness|
|17:30||Wrap-up and closing remarks by the Moderator||Wrap-up and closing remarks by the Moderator||Wrap-up and closing remarks by the Moderator|
|19:00||GALA DINNER||GALA DINNER||GALA DINNER|
The Quest for Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects
Guest Speaker 2
The Global Cocoa Agenda: A Roadmap or A Dead End?
By the authors of the Cocoa Barometer.
Reports by the 3 Panel Moderators
Wrap-up by the Facilitator with an interactive panel
WCC5 Brussels Declaration (the Executive Director of the ICCO will read out the Brussels Declaration and will deliver concluding remarks)
Official closing of the conference to be followed by a press conference.