Living income, EUDR, and Regenerative Agriculture on the table at World Cocoa Conference 2024

By Anthony Myers

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Cocoa farmer income will be high on the agenda at WCC. Pic: CN
Cocoa farmer income will be high on the agenda at WCC. Pic: CN

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The Rainforest Alliance will outline its plans for greater collaboration in the chocolate industry at the World Cocoa Conference in Brussels next week.

The conference, one of the leading events for the global cocoa and chocolate sector, will be attended by stakeholders from across the globe who will exchange views and identify solutions for the sector's sustainability.

Rainforest Alliance’s leadership team from various regions will be available at its booth to discuss the latest initiatives and solutions to shape cocoa production's future.

Topics open for discussion include:

  • Living Income: How Rainforest Alliance approaches living income and supports sustainable livelihoods through our work with partner companies.
  • EU Deforestation Regulation: How Rainforest Alliance supports cocoa farmers and companies in preparing for EUDR.
  • Regenerative Agriculture: How the body is collaborating with cocoa farmers and companies to advance regenerative agriculture for better climate resilience.

Panel Discussion on Women in Cocoa

Nadège Nzoyem, Rainforest Alliance Senior Director for West & Central Africa, will also represent the NGO on a panel discussing the crucial role of women in the cocoa industry, highlighting its approach to gender equality within the cocoa supply chain, including through our community-led landscape management project in Cameroon. (Tuesday, 23 April, 16:00 CET)

5th​ Edition of WCC attracts key stakeholders

The 5th edition of The World Cocoa Conference (WCC) will be held at The Square Conference Center in Brussels from April 21 to 24, with the theme “Paying more for a Sustainable Cocoa.”

Organised by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), the flagship event of the cocoa sector is expected to attract 1,000 participants from around the world, including representatives from ICCO 52 member states; 29 cocoa-importing countries and 23 cocoa-exporting countries.

Attendees also come from various backgrounds: governments, the private sector, cocoa grower representatives, NGOs, journalists, and researchers. The conference’s primary aim will be to discuss measures leading to an equitable distribution of value along the cocoa supply chain to ensure a better living income for farmers.

The WCC will also host the third in a trilogy of discussions on farmer income, moderated by Michel Arrion, executive director of ICCO) the session will continue supporting the guiding principle of a living income for cocoa farming families, which began at the World Cocoa Foundation and Chocoa conferences earlier this year.

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