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Partnership Meeting – Past Attendees
August 26, 2013
Twice yearly, around May/June and October, WCF hosts a Partnership Meeting & Roundtable Sessions for the international cocoa community, uniting the private and public sectors in a shared mutual interest in advancing cocoa sustainability. This event brings together WCF members and partners to share ideas on a wide range of cocoa-related issues and to show its support for the development of cocoa-growing communities.
Partnership Meetings are held in various locations around the world, and have included cocoa-growing countries such as Ghana and Ecuador. Guests from the cocoa and chocolate industry, governments, NGOs, academia, and research institutes from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia convene to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the cocoa sector. Topics for Partnership Meetings have included innovations in farmer training and services, farmer organizations, education, regional research collaboration, child labor issues, access to finance, and the importance of public-private partnerships.
Past attendees include:
Africa Agribusiness Magazine
Agro Traders Limited
Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries (COPAL)
Armajaro Trading Inc
Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Biodiversity and Agricultural Commodities Program
Bourbon Foods USA
Brandt Consolidated Inc.
Bread for the World
Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc.
Camden International Commodities Terminal LLC
Candy Industry Magazine
Catholic Relief Services – CRS
Chemonics International Inc.
Cobalt International Services Ltd
Cocoa Association of Nigeria
Cocoa Merchants Ghana Ltd
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria
Cocoa Swollen Shoot & Virus Disease Control Unit
Compañía Nacional de Chocolates
Confiseur Laederach AG
Conseil du Café-Cacao
Danish Standards Foundation
Dependable Distribution Services
EcoAgriculture Partners, IFC-BACP
Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation Ltd.
Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire
Embassy of the Dominican Republic
Embassy of the Philippines
European Cocoa Association
Fair Labor Association
Fair Trade USA
Fazer Confectionery Ltd.
Federated Commodities Ltd
Ferrero Trading Lux S.A
Fine Chocolate Industry Association
Former Ambassador of the U.S. to the Central African Republic
Former President of the Republic of Ghana
Fuji Oil Co.,Ltd
General Cocoa Company
General Mills, Inc.
Ghana Cocoa Board
Ghana Education Service
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Global Business Strategies / ACET
Global Shea Alliance
Governor of West Sulawesi
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
GrowCocoa (Blommer Chocolate Co. & Olam International)
Guittard Chocolate Co.
Hanns R. Neumann Foundation
Helvetas Swiss Inter-cooperation
Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute
Institute for Man and Nature
International Cocoa Initiative
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
ISF de Colombia
Liberia Cocoa Corporation
Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG
Lutheran World Relief
Max Havelaar Foundation
Mexican Cocoa Foundation
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Minister of Education of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Minneapolis Star Tribune
National 4-H Council
National Confectioners Association
North Carolina State University Dept. of Mol. & Struct. Biochem.
Norwegian Association of Chocolate Manufacturers
Novel Commodities SA
Office of Congresswoman Karen Bass
Office of First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire
Office of Senator Tom Harkin
Office of the Governor of West Sulawesi
Ondo State Cocoa Development Committee
Oni and Sons Farms
Pennsylvania State University
Petra Foods Ltd
Philippine Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research
Port of Amsterdam
Randlyn Holdings Inc.
Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Royal Duyvis Wiener B.V.
Royal Tropical Institute
Royce’ Confectionary Co., Ltd
Save the Children
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Seedtime and Harvest Agrochemicals
Sitos Commodities (Amsterdam) B.V.
Sucres et Denrées
Sustainable Food Lab
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Hershey Company
The Wall Street Journal
The WiderNet Project
The World Bank
Together for Girls
Toms Confectionery Group
Toshoku America, Inc. (Cargill Company)
Transmar Commodity Group
Tropical Farms Ltd / The Agriterra Group
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce
University of the Philippines Los Banos
United Nations Development Programme
University of the West Indies / Cocoa Research Unit
US Global Business Group
West Sulawesi Cocoa Community
World Education, Inc.
York Trade Corporation
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