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The International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies, including the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy, as well as the Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, will meet at the Maritim Berlin Hotel, Berlin, Germany, 26 - 28 April 2018, immediately following the Fourth World Cocoa Conference, to be held at the same location.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 26 - 28 April 2018, Berlin, Germany

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Some 1,500 stakeholders from around the world and across the sector are expected to gather in Berlin in April to discuss the most important issues in cocoa and chocolate, and how progress can be made in assuring and equitable future for all of them.

The fourth edition of the biennial World Cocoa Conference, scheduled for 22 - 25 April at the Maritim Hotel Berlin — organized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) — will address the problems of smallholder cocoa farmers hit by longstanding low prices for the commodity, among many other important issues.

Examining the topics of production, trade, consumption and the sustainability of the whole sector, world experts will join with representatives of producer and consumer country governments, the trade, chocolate industry and civil society in a heavily interactive mix of presentations, discussions and networking that will involve stakeholders from 60 countries.

Graciously hosted by the government of the German Federal Republic, the Conference is to be opened by a group of senior government Ministers and top officials from the world’s most important cocoa producing and cocoa consuming nations, and will include plenary sessions addressed by senior executives of the largest multinational chocolate companies, including Mars Wrigley, Ritter Sport and Barry Callebaut.

An innovative day of breakout sessions will take deep dives into some viable solutions for the complex problems of the cocoa sector, involving everyone from senior academics and representatives of development bodies to the crucial cocoa farmers themselves, hailing from the most significant origins all over the globe. In total, over a hundred moderators, presenters and panelists will bring varied approaches to tackling these most difficult issues, and new technology at the Conference will bring the various stakeholders together to become the most inclusive and representative event in cocoa.

In another part of the Conference, the role of Women in Cocoa and Chocolate will be highlighted in a special forum organized in conjunction with NGO Solidaridad. The Fine and Flavour Cocoa sector will also be the subject of a day-long ancillary event, organized with the help of the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting, and looking at the increasing share of the single origin cocoa segment, as well as developments in the market for the high value speciality chocolate products that use these exemplary cocoas.

The wide-ranging Conference — accompanied by an Exhibition showcasing some of the major suppliers to the sector and institutions involved in assisting its development worldwide — once again will serve as a gathering place for the cocoa world for four days in April. The Conference will immediately precede the International Cocoa Council’s meeting of Member countries of the ICCO.

For updated information on the Fourth World Cocoa Conference, including the latest programme and details on how to attend, please visit the event website www.worldcocoaconference.org.

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Abidjan, 28 February 2018--The International Cocoa Organization today releases its first forecasts for the 2017/2018 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2016/2017, as summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 1 - Volume XLIV - Cocoa year 2017/2018 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of February 2018.

Summary of forecasts and revised estimates

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2016/2017 2017/2018 Year-on-year change
   Previous estimates a/ Revised estimates Forecasts  
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 4 733 4 748
4 638
- 110  - 2.3%
World grindings 4 351 4 401
4 487
+ 86  + 2.0%
Surplus/deficit b/ + 335 + 300
+ 105
   
           
End-of-season stocks 1 760 1 725
1 830
+ 105 + 6.1%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 40.5% 39.2% 40.8%    

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLIII - No. 4 - Cocoa year 2016/2017
b/   Surplus/deficit: Net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s first forecasts for the 2017/2018 cocoa year, as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the October-December quarter of 2017. 

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 and quarterly statistics for the period October-December 2015 to April-June 2017. Details of origin of imports and destination of exports for leading cocoa importing countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2007/2008 to 2015/2016 are presented for reference. 

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format, can be ordered by completing and returning this form, or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

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London, 25 January 2018--The ICCO Expert Working Group on Stocks (EWGS) met at the London offices of ICE Futures Europe to review the level of world cocoa bean stocks. The EWGS is composed of experts in the cocoa field who meet once a year, at the invitation of the ICCO, to review and analyse the results of the ICCO’s annual survey of cocoa stocks held in warehouses worldwide. The survey has been conducted every year since 2000 and aims to improve transparency in the cocoa market.

The ICCO survey of European warehouse stocks showed a stock draw of 51,238 tonnes. Published data from North America showed a stock build of 106,000 tonnes. The Working Group, taking account of the level of world cocoa bean stocks identified by the ICCO survey and additional market information, estimated that world cocoa bean stocks increased by 144,000 tonnes compared to the previous year. This result reflects a cocoa supply surplus smaller than the one published by the ICCO in its latest Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics (QBCS) in November 2017, estimated at 335,000 tonnes for the 2016/2017 season.

The review conducted by the EWGS during its meeting led to the conclusion that the survey results have probably underestimated the increase of existing world stocks during that year, due to the expansion of “invisible” stocks - i.e. stocks held in locations not reporting to the ICCO survey. The most significant area of “invisible” stocks was identified as Asia. The Secretariat agreed to approach the Cocoa Association of Asia in order to increase transparency of stock levels in the region.

The ICCO Secretariat maintains its supply surplus estimate of 335,000 tonnes for 2016/2017 as published in its latest QBCS.

IMG 1 Main The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) from 13 - 17 November 2017 brought together the global cocoa research community for its first International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR 2017) in Lima, Peru.

The Symposium, jointly organized with the Government of Peru, had long been awaited, as the last edition of this type of event was held over five years ago and several relevant developments had been recorded in the cocoa sector and required wide dissemination within the scientific research community and beyond it.  

The Government of Peru, a country with a rich history and strong tradition of growing fine and flavour cocoa, welcomed all participants with gracious hospitality, creating an environment for fruitful discussions and networking.

The symposium gathered about 500 participants from 37 countries.

The main theme of ISCR 2017 was “Promoting Advances in Research to Enhance the Profitability of Cocoa Farming”. This overall theme and the seven thematic areas formed the main focus of ten keynote presentations, some ninety 90 oral presentations, and 100 poster presentations at the Symposium.

After four days of deliberations, the cocoa research community agreed on a set of key recommendations to accelerate the pace of development in the global cocoa sector, in particular as relevant to cocoa research. Climate change adaptation and mitigation, food safety and cadmium in particular were identified as major growing concerns for the cocoa sector that needed to be addressed urgently.

Generally, the Symposium emphasized the need to have more innovative platforms to better share information on cocoa research, and to make the results of that research easily accessible to all cocoa stakeholders, and particularly to cocoa farmers, who should be the main focus and recipients of these results.

A key innovation that distinguished the Symposium from previous cocoa research conferences was the introduction of a theme on socio-economic and market-related issues, which generated lively discussions with respect to technology adoption and transfer, and allowed the cocoa research community to gain important insights into the socio-economic impact of its research.

The Symposium was officially closed on Thursday 17 November 2017 by His Excellency Mr. Jose Manuel Hernandez, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation. The proceedings of the symposium will be published very shortly.

The ICCO Secretariat and the entire cocoa research community are grateful to Mars Chocolate UK Limited and Cocoa Research (UK) for their generous financial support that contributed immensely to the success of the Symposium.

ICCO Executive Director Dr Jean-Marc Anga gave an undertaking that his Organization would ensure that cocoa scientists would never again be deprived of such a global platform to share their knowledge. He confirmed the commitment of the ICCO to organize subsequent editions of the Symposium and stated that the date and venue of the next International Symposium on Cocoa Research would be announced very soon, after consultations with relevant stakeholders and ICCO Member states.

Pictured top: ICCO Executive Director Dr Jean-Marc Anga (l) with (l-r) Scientific Committee Chair Dr Brigitte Laliberté, Peruvian Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation HE Mr Jose Manuel Hernandez and Director General of Agriculture Mr Jorge Amaya Castillo; middle: the audience at an oral presentation; bottom: attendees taking in a poster presentation.

Click here to download the Report from the 2017 ISCR Scientific Committee for the 7 Thematic Areas

PROGRAMME

Please note that posters slam and posters have been removed from the programme below. Posters received at the symposium from presenters can be found here.

The detailed version of the ISCR 2017 programme can be access via the link below: https://www.icco.org/iscr2017/programme.html

To download available presentations, click on the highlighted presenter names below.

Monday November 13, 2017

PLENARY SESSION 1

Opening of the ISCR 2017

    •    Welcome speech by SEM. Ricardo V. Luna Mendoza, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru
    •    ICCO Executive Director Introductory Speech by Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization
    •    Inauguration by SEM. Juan Manuel Hernandez Calderon, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru
    •    “The Peruvian cocoa sector” by Mr. Jorge Amaya Castillo, Director General of Agriculture, Chairman of the local organizing committee and focal point
    •    “The oldest cocoa in the world discovered in the Upper Amazon of Peru and Ecuador” Presentation by Dr. Segundo Quirino Olivera Núñez
    •    Introduction to the ISCR 2017: Programme and logistics by Ms. Brigitte Laliberte, Chairperson of the ISCR Scientific Committee

PLENARY SESSION 2

Thematic Session 4 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation - CHAIR - Brigitte Laliberte

Keynote presentation
    •    Paul Hadley, Overview of advances in cacao and climate change research and future perspectives-University of Reading (UoR), UK

Oral presentations
    •    Christian Bunn, Global climate change impacts on cocoa -International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia

    •    Fiona Lahive, The impacts of climate change variables on vegetative and reproductive development of six genotypes of cacao-University of Reading (UoR), UK

    •    Viviana Medina, Exploring cacao genetic diversity for resilience to climate change – validating or contradicting current predictive models of production suitability - Bioversity International, Costa Rica


Thematic Session 4 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation continued - CHAIR - Verina Ingram

Oral presentations
    •    Virupax Baligar, Impact of drought on morphological, physiological and nutrient use efficiency of elite Cacao genotypes from Bahia- Beltaville Agricultural Research Center (USDA, ARS), USA

    •    Paula Bermeo Fuquene, Evaluation of current and future water requirements, under climate change scenarios in cocoa crops in Nilo Cundinamarca- Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Dinner offered by the Government of Peru


Tuesday November 14, 2017

TRACK SESSION 1

Thematic session 1. Genetics and Breeding - CHAIR - Siela Maximova

Keynote presentation
Mark Guiltinan, The Future of Cacao Research: Systems Science in Support of Cacao Farmers- Penn State University, USA

Oral presentations
    •    Brigitte Laliberte, Cacao Genetic Resources - Legal and policy aspects of germplasm exchange (access and benefit sharing) Bioversity International, Italy

    •    Wilton Céspedes del Pozo, Evaluation of the genetic diversity of native “Chuncho” cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) in La Convención, Cusco- Peru-UNSAAC/UNIQ, Peru

    •    Evert Thomas Lima, A genetic origin of fine or flavour cacao in southern Peru?- Bioversity International, Peru

    •    Nubia Martinez Guerrero, Morpho-agronomic and molecular characterisation of the cocoa collection held by the Colombia National Federation of Cocoa Farmers-Federación Nacional de Cacaoteros (FEDECACAO), Colombia

Thematic session 1. Genetics and Breeding - CHAIR - Elizabeth Johnson    

Oral presentations
    •    Rey Loor Solorzano, Development of specific niches for high-yield and high-sensory-quality cocoa: Ecuador’s experience - Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP), Ecuador

    •    Allan Mata Quiros, Revealing the genetic structure and kinship of cocoa clonal series UF, CC, ARF and PMCT kept in the CATIE international collection (IC3)- CATIE, Costa Rica

    •    Adriana Gallego, Integrating the transcriptomics for study of antioxidants in cacao cell cultures- Universidad de Antioquia, Peru

    •    Lambert Motilal, Candidate SSR tags for fruit and seed traits of Theobroma cacao L. in the International Cocoa Genebank Trinidad-The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago

    •    Christopher Turnbull, Digital Data Capture in Cocoa Breeding: A Practical Barcode-based System-, University of Reading (UoR), UK

Thematic session 1. Genetics and Breeding - CHAIR - Paul Hadley

Keynote presentation
Claire Lanaud, Exploration of the T. cacao genome sequence to decipher the incompatibility system of Theobroma cacao and to identify diagnostic markers, Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France

Oral presentations
    •    Olivier Sounigo, Comparative assessment of agronomical performances of six commercial cocoa varieties in on farm progeny trials in Cameroon- Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France
    •    Tahi Mathias, Second cycle of recurrent selection of cocoa (theobroma cacao l.) in Côte d'Ivoire: genetic parameters in two constitutive groups after thirteen years of observation- Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Côte d’ Ivoire
    •    Fabienne Ribeyre, The Genomic Selection of Theobroma cacao: A new strategy of marker assisted selection to improve breeding efficiency and predict useful traits in new populations- Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France
    •    Francis Padi, Potential of recurrent selection for developing improved cocoa varieties in Ghana- Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana
    •    Rene Rafael Espino, DNA Profiling of Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Varieties in the Philippines Using Microsatellite Markers, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines

TRACK SESSION 2

Thematic session 7 - Marketing and Technology Transfer - CHAIR - David Guest

Oral presentations
    •    Verina Ingram, Impacts of cocoa sustainability initiatives in West Africa, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    •    Anna Laven, Demystifying the cocoa sector- Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), The Netherlands

    •    Olusodji Odowole, Constraints to Youth Involvement in Cocoa Production in Nigeria- Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Nigeria

    •    Noemie Schaad, Analysis of the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) and its impact on farm-level quality and productivity in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia- Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Thematic session 7 - Marketing and Technology Transfer - CHAIR - Verina Ingram

Keynote presentation
    •    Frederick Amon-Armah, From labour demand to business prospects for rural youth: A study in the Fanteakwa district of Ghana- Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana

Oral presentations
    •    David Lujan Tantarico, Analysis of the technical and economic feasibility of obtaining frozen cocoa pulp using a semi-automatic collection system: Case study “Cooperativa Agroindustrial Y De Servicios”- Centro Innovación Del Cacao (CIC), Peru

    •    Diana Kos, Impact evaluation of different savings accounts on income smoothing and access to credit: the case of cocoa farmers in Ghana- Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    •    Diany Hartatri, Direct partnership on cocoa processing in Papua Island, Indonesia For improving farmers access to Japan market-Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI), Indonesia

    •    Trent Blare, Intensification of cocoa in the Peruvian Amazon: Gender relations and options for deeper engagement by women- World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Peru

Thematic session 7 – Marketing and Technology Transfer - CHAIR - Soetanto Abdoellah

    •    David Guest, Labour as a constraint to technology adoption: Understanding the role of farmer health- The University of Sydney, Australia

    •    Eric Boa, Helping cocoa farmers to help themselves: an overview of extension methods and how to choose the best ones- Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK

    •    Monika Schneider, Knowledge gap, small farms and insecure land tenure limit the adoption of research-based recommendations for cocoa swollen shoot virus disease control- Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Department of International Cooperation, Switzerland

    •    Path Umaharan, Supporting Entrepreneurship and Development within the Fine/Flavour Sector using Science Technology and Innovation: the Case of the International Fine Cocoa Innovation Centre Cocoa Research Centre- The University of the West Indies (CRC-UWI), Trinidad and Tobacco

    •    Amanda Berlan, What works? A review of the contribution academic knowledge can make to building a stronger and more resilient cocoa economy- Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, UK


TRACK SESSION 3

Thematic 2-Agronomy - CHAIR – Christian Cilas

Keynote presentation
    •    Philippe Bastide, Agronomic Challenges for productive and sustainable cocoa production: taking stock and perspectives- Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France

Oral presentations
    •    Edna Ivonne Leiva, Water dynamics in cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) in tropical rainforests, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

    •    Eduado Guitierrez Brito, Pruning in the production of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.)-Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Wednesday November 15, 2017

TRACK SESSION 4

Thematic 3 - Pests and Diseases - CHAIR - Wilbert Phillips-Mora

Keynote presentation
    •    Julie Flood, A review on the effect of climate change on cacao pests and diseases- CABI, UK

Oral presentations
    •    Mark Guiltinan, Application of CRISPER/CAS9  Mediated Genome Editing to Enhancement of Disease Resistance in Cacao - The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), USA

    •    Desire Pokou Phytophthora megakarya Stress response changes in the Theobroma cacao transcriptomes analyzed using RNAseq- Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA). Côte d’ Ivoire

    •    Mireille Ndoungue Djeumekop, Combining field epidemiological and genetic diversity information to understand Phytophthora megakarya dispersion in young cocoa plantations in Cameroon, Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement (IRAD)& Universite de SupAgro Montpellier, Cameron& France

Thematic 3 - Pests and Diseases - CHAIR - David Guest

Oral presentations
    •    Monika Schneider, Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease: how can it be prevented, and do shade trees mitigate the severity and help maintaining productivity? - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Department of International Cooperationl, Switzerland

    •    Emmanuelle Muller, A Next Generation Sequencing approach to elucidate CSSV species profiles- Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France

    •    Henry Kwame Dzahini-Obiatey, Pest and Pathogen Project CF/ICCO/43 - the Journey so far: Achievements, Constraints and the Outlook for the Future-Cocoa Research Institute Of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana

Thematic 3 - Pests and Diseases - CHAIR - David Guest

Oral presentations
    •    Wilbert Phillips-Mora, Generation of cacao clones with durable resistant against frosty pod rot (Moniliophthora roreri) -CATIE, Costa Rica

    •    Rolando Ríos-Ruiz, Sanitisation as a key strategy in the integrated management of cocoa diseases in Peru: Three and a half decades of epidemiological and control-efficacy research. Facultad de Agronomía. Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva (UNAS), Peru

    •    Yeirme Jaimes Suarez, Population structure and spatiotemporal dynamics of Moniliophthora roreri in different environments in Colombia -Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria – CORPOICA, Colombia

    •    Mariela Leandro-Munoz, Effects of microclimatic variables on the onset of symptoms and signs of Moniliophthora roreri for three cacao clones in a range of incomplete resistance – CATIE, Costa Rica

    •    Oscar Cabezas Huayllas, Phytosanitary Status In Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao L.) Production In The Huánuco Region Of Peru- Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva, Peru

    •     Pierre N'Guessan, The Achaea catocaloides Guenee caterpillar (Lepidoptera, Erebidae): a new threat to cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire-Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Côte d’Ivoire

    •    Richard Adu-Acheampong, Habitat Adaptation and Population of Nymphal and Adult Stages of Two Cocoa Mirid Species (Distantiella theobroma [Dist.] and Sahlbergella singularis Hagl.)-Cocoa Research Institute Of Ghana (CRIG), Ghana

TRACK SESSION 5

Thematic 5-Quality and Flavour Assessment - CHAIR - Martin Gilmour

Keynote presentation
    •    Darin Sukha, Elements of a harmonized international standard for cocoa flavour assessment and evidence of
Evidence for applying the concept of “Terroir” in cocoa flavour and quality attributes –The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago

Oral presentations
    •    Julia Baumgartner and David Contreras, Creating inclusive practical systems for the sensory analysis of cocoa- Equal Exchange, USA

    •    Carla Martin, Cocoa quality evaluation: lessons from social science and producer-centric approaches- Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) Harvard University, UK

    •    Christina Rohsius, Participatory approaches conducted in Ecuador, Trinidad and Costa Rica using simple and cost-effective methods to enhance the cocoa bean quality substantially- Rausch GmbH, Germany

    •    Zoé Deuscher, Does aroma composition allow to discriminate groups of dark chocolates categorized on the basis of their organoleptic properties? Inputs of direct-injection mass spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS) and GC-Olfac – CIRAD-UMR 95 QUALISUD et Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l'Alimentation (CSGA), France

    •    Ines Drouault, The Cocoa of Excellence Programme: celebrating high quality cocoa production and diversity of flavours around the world – key lessons learnt from 5 Editions since its launch in 2008- Bioversity International, Italy

Thematic 5-Quality and Flavour Assessment - CHAIR - Path Umaharan

Oral presentations
    •    Elsa Hegmann, New Resistant Cocoa Selections From Costa Rica Have Fine Aroma Potential- Rausch Gmbh, Germany

    •    Noémie Fayeulle, Two Molecules Newly Identified By Mass Spectrometry In Fermented Cocoa Beans Have A Strong Impact On Chocolate Sensory Quality. Plateforme Polyphénols, UMR SPO, INRA, France

    •    Renaud Boulanger, Classification Of Chocolates Based On Their Global Fluorescent Imprint? - Centre De Coopération International En Recherche Agronomique Pour Le Développement (CIRAD), France

Thematic 5-Quality and Flavour Assessment - CHAIR - Michelle End

Oral presentations
    •    Joël Allainguillaume, The use of chloroplast markers for the traceability of certified sustainably produced cacao (Theobroma cacao) in the chocolate industry-University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom

    •    Juzhong Tan, Sensing Fermentation Degree of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) beans by Machine Learning and Traditional Classification Models based Electronic Nose System-University of Georgia, USA

    •    Naailah Ali, Profiling Fermentation Progression and Quality Attributes of Trinitario and Refractario Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Hybrid Populations at the International Cocoa Genebank Trinidad (ICGT) – Opportunities Cocoa Research Centre (CRC), The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago

    •    Wiebke Niether, Physiological response in beans of three cacao cultivars to micro-environmental growing conditions in cacao agroforestry systems and monocultures under conventional and organic management-University of Goettingen, Germany


TRACK SESSION 6

Thematic 2-Agronomy - CHAIR - Franklin Manu Amoah

Keynote presentation
    •    Wiebke Niether, Tree management in monocultures and agroforestry systems affect microclimatic growing conditions and fine-root growth - University of Gottingen, Germany

Oral presentations
    •    Andrew Daymond, Mapping Cocoa Productivity in Ghana, Indonesia and Côte d’Ivoire- University of Reading, UK

    •    Siela Maximova, Regulating transcription factors to alleviate plant tissue and genotype limitations of cacao somatic embryogenesis-Penn State University, USA

    •    Ramiro Ramirez Pisco, Constructing the mupv1 cocoa nutrition model -Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

    •    Henry Cordoba Novoa, Characterization of microbial community isolated from cocoa crop soils in a producer region in Colombia, as a contribution to soil fertility management- Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Thematic 2- Agronomy – CHAIR - Elizabeth Johnson

Oral presentations
    •    Monika Schneider, Comparing productivity and profitability of agroforests and monocultures in Bolivia- Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Switzerland

    •    Enrique Arévalo-Gardini, Influence of Agroforestry Systems with Cacao on Soil Properties (Physical, Chemical and Microbiological) and Selection of cocoa genotypes tolerant to acid soils in Peruvian Amazon- Instituto de Cultivos Tropicales – (ICT), Peru

    •    Olivier Deheuvels, How habitat heterogeneity affects pollinator’s communities in cocoa-based agroforestry systems? Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), France

 

Thursday November 16, 2017


Thematic Session 6 – Contaminants and food safety with focus on Cadmium - CHAIR - Carlos Leyva

Keynote presentation
    •    Gideon Ramtahal, Mitigation of cadmium bioaccumulation in cacao through soil remediation- The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Oral presentations
    •    Monika Schneider, Effect of agroforestry and monoculture systems on cadmium availability and uptake Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

    •    Caleb Lewis, The genetic variation of cadmium (Cd) uptake and bioaccumulation in Theobroma cacao L.- University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago

    •    Jayne Crozier, “Cocoasafe”: Capacity Building And Knowledge Sharing In Sps In Cocoa In South East Asia And The Pasific- CABI, United Kingdom

    •    Reinhard Matissek, Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOSH/MOAH) in cocoa and cocoa products and possible minimization strategies- Food Chemistry Institute (LCI) of the Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI), Germany

    •    Jeimmy Caceres Zambrano, Characterization of culturable cadmium-tolerant microorganisms found in cocoa-growing soils in Cundinamarca, Colombia - Universidad Nacional De Colombia, Colombia

PLENARY SESSION 4
    •    Reports from each of the 7 Thematic Area sessions

PLENARY SESSION 5
    •    Discussions and comments from participants
    •    Conclusion of the Symposium
    •    Recommendations from the ISCR 2017
    •    Discussions and comments from participants
    •    Proposal for the next ISCR
    •    Closure

Friday November 17, 2017

    •    4 IN-COCOA groups meetings (INGENIC, INCOPED, INCOSOM, INAFORESTA)

and/or

    •    Organized visits in Lima

Saturday November 16, 2017

Options of field trips of 2 days and 3 days

London, 30 November 2017--The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised estimates, summarized below, of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for the 2016/2017 cocoa year. The data published in Issue No. 4 - Volume XLIII - Cocoa year 2016/2017 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the middle of November 2017.

Summary of revised estimates

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2015/2016 2016/2017 Year-on-year change
   Revised
estimates
Previous
estimates a/
Revised
estimates
 
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 3 993
4 700
4 733
+ 740
+18.5%
World grindings 4 127
4 282
4 351
+ 224 + 5.4%
Surplus/deficit b/  - 174
   371
   335
   
           
End-of-season stocks 1 425
1 781
1 760
+ 335
+ 23.5%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 34.5% 41.6% 40.5%    

Notes:
a/  Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLIII - No. 3 - Cocoa year 2016/2017
b/  Surplus/deficit: net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding..

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s revised estimates for the 2016/2017 cocoa year as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on the crop and demand situation in the leading countries, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the 2016/2017 cocoa year.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 and quarterly statistics for the period July-September 2015 to January-March 2017. Details of destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2007/2008 to 2015/2016 are presented for reference.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format, can be ordered by completing and returning this form, or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization
, ICCO Building, II-Plateaux ENA - Avenue Boga Doudou, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
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Abidjan, 31 August 2017--The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised forecasts for the current 2016/2017 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2015/2016, as summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 3 - Volume XLIII - Cocoa year 2016/2017 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of August 2017.

Summary of revised forecasts and estimates

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2015/2016 2016/2017 Year-on-year change
   Revised
estimates
Previous
forecasts a/
Revised
forecasts
 
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 3 981
4 692
4 700
+ 719 + 18.1%
World grindings 4 128
4 263
4 282
 + 154 + 3.7%
Surplus/deficit b/ - 187 + 382 + 371    
           
End-of-season stocks 1 410
1 782
1 781
+ 371 + 26.3%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 34.2% 41.8% 41.6%    

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLIII - No. 2 - Cocoa year 2016/2017
b/   Surplus/deficit: net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s revised forecasts for the 2016/2017 cocoa year as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the April-June quarter of 2017.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 and quarterly statistics for the period April-June 2015 to October-December 2016. Details of origin of imports and destination of exports for leading cocoa importing countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2007/2008 to 2015/2016 are presented for reference.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format can be ordered by completing and returning this form or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization, ICCO Building, II-Plateaux ENA - Avenue Boga Doudou, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Tel: +225 22 51 49 50/51; Fax: +225 22 51 49 79; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies, including the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy, as well as the Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, will meet at the Radisson Blu Hotel Airport, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, 18 - 22 September 2017.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 18 - 22 September 2017, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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Logistical Arrangements for Meetings, 18 - 22 September 2017, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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International Cocoa Council: Draft Agenda

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Administration and Finance Committee: Draft Agenda

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Economics Committee: Draft Agenda

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Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy: Draft Agenda

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Abidjan, 31 May 2017 -- The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised forecasts for the current 2016/2017 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2015/2016, as summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 2 - Volume XLIII - Cocoa year 2016/2017 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the middle of May 2017.

Summary of revised forecasts and estimates

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2015/2016 2016/2017 Year-on-year change
   Revised
estimates
Previous
Forecasts a/
Revised
Forecasts
 
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 3 972
4 552
4 692
+ 720 +18.1%
World grindings 4 129
4 242 4 263
+ 134 + 3.2%
Surplus/deficit b/ - 197
+ 264
+ 382
   
           
End-of-season stocks 1 400
1 665
1 782
 + 382 + 27.3%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 33.9% 39.3% 41.8%    

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLIII - No. 1 - Cocoa year 2016/2017
b/   Surplus/deficit: Net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s revised forecasts for the 2016/2017 cocoa year, as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the January-March quarter of 2017.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 and quarterly statistics for the period January-March 2015 to July-September 2016. Details of destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2007/2008 to 2015/2016 are presented for reference.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format, can be ordered by completing and returning this form or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization
06 P.O. Box 6891
Abidjan 06
Côte d'Ivoire

Tel:              +225 22 51 49 50/51
Fax:             +225 22 51 49 79
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In a landmark event for the Organization, around 500 people gathered on 25 April for the formal inauguration of the ICCO’s new headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Ivorian Vice President H.E. Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan was present for the ceremony, along with H.E. Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Mr. Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Trade and Mr. Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Abidjan Autonomous District.

They were joined by ICCO Council Chairman 2016-17 H.E. Mr. Luis Valverde, ICCO Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc Anga and representatives from embassies, intergovernmental organisations and cocoa sector stakeholders.

 MG 4996 copieThe ceremony took place during the 95th regular session of the International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies.

The relocation of the ICCO to Abidjan should focus even more the Organization’s attention towards the requirements of producers.

"Côte d'Ivoire is now convinced that the presence of ICCO in Abidjan will provide opportunities to better understand the realities of the sector and to better appreciate the expectations of producers,” Vice President Kablan Duncan said.

"Through our establishment in a producing country,” Dr. Anga said, “we want to offer better access to information on the world of cocoa and to identify the existing opportunities that producing countries could benefit from. The goal is to improve the transparency of the cocoa market by providing member countries with cocoa studies, analyses and statistics, as well as forecasts on world supply and demand.”

The move to Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital after 44 years being headquartered in London, comes after a decision by the Council in 2015, following an invitation by the Ivorian government. The government provided and completely refurbished a three-storey building in the city’s Deux Plateaux area, which now houses the Organization’s 25 staff members.

 

 


Pictured--Top left: ICCO Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc Anga (l) with Ivorian Vice President H.E. Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan; Above right: The Vice President presents the keys to the building to ICCO Council Chairman H.E. Mr. Luis Valverde; Above left: the commemorative plaque marking the building's inauguration as ICCO headquarters

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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is organizing the International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR 2017) to take place in Lima, Peru, 13 – 17 November 2017, in conjunction with the Government of Peru.

With the theme Promoting Advances in Research to Enhance the Profitability of Cocoa Farming, the International Symposium aims to review recent advances in technology and innovations, share information and agree on common strategies with the goal of accelerating the development of the world cocoa sector.

The Symposium is expected to attract scientists, researchers and policy makers, as well as representatives from the trade and industry, development agencies and civil society, from all over the world.

Peru, with its rich heritage of growing fine and flavour cocoa, as well as having one of the world’s highest growth rates in cocoa production, is an ideal place to hold the Symposium.

The Symposium aims to provide a platform for the cocoa community and scientists involved in cocoa research to brainstorm on the latest findings, foster greater collaboration in this area, and agree on priorities for collective action.  

Included among the thematic areas to be covered by the papers at the Symposium, will be cocoa genetics and breeding; cocoa agronomy, agroforestry and physiology; cocoa pests and diseases; environmental issues in the cocoa sector; cocoa quality, flavour, chocolate manufacturing, consumption and food safety; cocoa marketing and socio-economic analysis; and adoption of technologies and efficient utilization of results from cocoa research.

Researchers on cocoa-related topics from the public and private sectors are invited to submit abstracts, beginning on 1 May, via the ISCR website.    

 

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ICCO Agreements

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

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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.

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