Entry: Marisa Yoneyama, World Cocoa Foundation

The WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI) was officially launched in Cameroon, during a ceremony in Yaounde on July 20th.

The signing and exchange of the memorandum of understanding between the government of Cameroon, represented by the Minister of Commerce, and the World Cocoa Foundation, represented by H. Sona Ebai, WCF/ACI Chief of Party, was overseen by the U.S. Ambassador, Robert Jackson.

WCF/ACI is a public-private partnership focused on supporting sustainable agriculture and food security on diversified cocoa farms in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.  Over a five-year period, this program will reach at least 100,000 farm households.  Key partners currently include the U.S Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Cocoa Foundation, and the Dutch Government through the Sustainable Trade Initiative. 

15 WCF member companies currently support WCF/ACI.  During the ceremony in Yaounde, Ambassador Jackson said, “I am particularly excited about the African Cocoa Initiative because it recognizes the private sector as a catalyst for economic growth.”