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The International Cocoa Organization is seeking expressions of interest for the selection of a firm of architects to work with the Organization on a project for the remodelling of the ground floor of its Headquarters.


The deadline for submitting bids is Thursday 19 December 2019 at 11:00 GMT.

Please click on the link below for more details on the Terms of Reference:

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ToR – Call for Expression of Interest – Appointment of Architecture Firm

For further information or enquiries about this call for expressions of interest, please contact

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•    Fifth edition of the World Cocoa Conference in Bali, Indonesia 20-23 September 2020
•    Over 1,000 stakeholders expected to attend from across the cocoa value chain
•    Exhibition of sector suppliers, services and side events


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Abidjan, 31 October 2019 —

Over 1,000 stakeholders from all over the world are expected to attend the fifth edition of the World Cocoa Conference, scheduled for 20 – 23 September 2020 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia.

As the largest gathering in the cocoa and chocolate sector, the World Cocoa Conference will bring together actors from every part of the cocoa value chain, including farmers, cooperatives and governments from producing and consuming countries, traders, grinders, processors and chocolate manufacturers, along with representatives of civil society, logistics and financial services for the sector, gathering for the first time in Asia to discuss and define solutions for the sustainability of the cocoa value chain.


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The Conference is produced by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and will take place on the island of Bali, at the kind invitation of the Government of Indonesia, official host of this edition of the biennial event. It will offer the opportunity to showcase the specificities of the Asian cocoa market and particularly the significant production and processing sector of the host country.




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The full programme of the Conference will be published very soon. However, we can already foresee that with the pressing issue of low cocoa prices currently at the heart of discussions in the sector, topics such as value addition and value distribution along the cocoa value chain will be central to the conference.



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An Exhibition area will be set up for sector suppliers to display the services and innovations on offer in the industry. The Conference will also incorporate side meetings highlighting specific aspects of the complex cocoa and chocolate value chain.

Argus Media will once again be the organizing partner, handling the logistics of the event, based on its experience gained from the fourprevious editions. Prospective delegates, exhibitors and sponsors are invited to visit the dedicated website for more information about the Conference.

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is an intergovernmental body responsible for the sustainable development of the cocoa value chain. It has 52 Members including 22 cocoa exporting countries and 30 cocoa importing countries. It aims to be the main platform of exchange and networking for the cocoa sector and the most reliable and complete source of information in the sector.

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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is hereby announcing a vacancy for the position of Communication and Marketing Coordinator.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 15th November 2019.


Please click on the link below for more details





Abidjan, 30 August 2019–The International Cocoa Organization today released its revised forecasts for the current 2018/2019 cocoa year and revised estimates for 2017/2018 of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans, summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 3 – Volume XLV – Cocoa year 2018/2019 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of August 2019.

Summary of revised forecasts and estimates

Cocoa year
2017/2018 2018/2019 Year-on-year change
forecasts a/
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World production 4 651
4 834
4 849
 + 198 + 4.3%
World grindings 4 596
4 750
4 783
 + 187 + 4.1%
Surplus/deficit b/ + 8
 + 36
+ 18
End-of-season stocks 1 722
1 759
1 740
+ 18  + 1.0%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 37.5% 37.0% 36.4%

a/   Forecasts published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLV – No. 2 – Cocoa year 2018/2019
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 2018/2019 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, it 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 2019.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 and quarterly statistics for the period July-September 2017 to January-March 2019. 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 2009/2010 to 2017/2018 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


The International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies, including the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy and the Working Group on the review of the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010, as well as the Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, will meet at the Heden Golf Hotel, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 9 – 12 September 2019.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 9 – 12 September 2019, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

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The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) soft commodities team is organising a three-day certified cocoa grader course.

This specialised training, which begins on 4 November, is aimed at teaching the technical skills required to grade cocoa according to the ICE London Cocoa Contract requirements.

The course will take place at the ICE Grading Room facility in Basildon, London.

Please note that space on the course is limited to only eight places.

For more information, please click here or contact tel: +44 (0) 20 7065 7706; email:

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 Heden Golf Hotel, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 – 27 September 2018.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 24 – 27 September 2018, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

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A range of uncoordinated projects aimed at stimulating output in producing countries could exacerbate the damaging “boom and bust” cycle in the world’s cocoa economy, according to an International Cocoa Organization presentation on 7 July.

Speaking at the Fifth Indonesian International Cocoa Conference in Bali, Executive Director a.i. Dr. Jean-Marc Anga said that the ICCO was alarmed that major production programmes backed by both the chocolate industry and producing country governments could make the cocoa market even more volatile and lead to a collapse in prices if unchecked.

The ICCO has identified over 60 ongoing projects worldwide aimed primarily at improving production levels, in response to a general industry concern that demand is outstripping supply and that cocoa supply is moving into a period of structural deficit.  Cocoa prices have almost doubled in the past five years, from about US$1,540 in 2005 to US$3,135 in 2010.  In response to this, the cocoa and chocolate industry and most of the major cocoa producing nations have planned significant increases in their production.

Regarding the projects, “There are a few common denominators that we, in ICCO, find deeply troubling, Dr. Anga said. “They are all aiming predominantly at increasing cocoa production, they are uncoordinated and nobody seems to worry about their impact on cocoa prices in a few years.”

As a result of these uncoordinated projects and of the producing countries’ production policies, he added, world production (now at about 4 million tonnes) could reach 5 or even 6 million tonnes, flooding the market and causing another price collapse.

Dr. Anga pointed to the damaging periods of boom and bust in the past as an example: in July 1977 cocoa prices reached a record high of $4,722 per tonne in nominal terms (or close to $15,000 in real terms), while in November 2000, the market slumped to just $774 per tonne (or $960 in real terms).

He added that because the price of cocoa represents only 10% of the cost of a chocolate bar, the ICCO believes that even if market prices were to double from their current level of about $3,000 per tonne, there would be a limited impact on final consumption, while producers stood to make significant gains that would help improve their living standards.

“Our problem in the next few years is not the threat to cocoa supply per se,” Dr. Anga said. “Our biggest problem is the lack of coordination, which feeds price volatility and the uncertainty that it creates, leading to peaks followed by collapses in cocoa prices. This is what we must avoid at all costs.”

Dr. Anga proposed a coordinated strategy between the producing countries and the chocolate industry, for the raft of projects in cocoa producing countries.  He concluded by advocating an ICCO-led global cocoa summit in mid-June 2012 on the future of the world cocoa economy, to be attended by governments from cocoa producing and cocoa consuming countries, the cocoa and chocolate industry, donors, international development and aid agencies, the civil society and other stakeholders.  The summit would agree on a global cocoa roadmap and pledge the resources to implement it.

London, 30 September 2014 — Graced by the presence of the Ivorian Minister of Trade, the Ecuadorian Vice Minister of Agriculture and Ambassadors from Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador, the 90thmeetings of the World Cocoa Council and its subsidiary bodies addressed a number of issues of relevance to the future of the cocoa sector and of the ICCO itself, at the Holiday Inn, Wembley, London, 15-18 September 2014.

A meeting of the recently expanded Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy initiated proceedings, with private sector and civil society representatives tackling subjects as varied as the recent World Cocoa Conference in Amsterdam, the need for a global cocoa resource base and the necessity for openness and transparency in addressing the issues of the Global Cocoa Agenda.

The Board meeting also included a live presentation relayed from Agrocalidad in Ecuador by Mr. Rommel Betancourt, updating members on continuing talks aimed at setting safe and practical limits for cadmium content in cocoa and chocolate. Another report, from Dr. Philippe Bastide of French research agency CIRAD, looked at cocoa-based farm models.

The main Council’s work began with the election of spokespersons for both the exporting and importing countries. As a result, Mr. Aly Toure of Côte d’Ivoire now represents the producing countries, while Mr. Conradin Rasi of Switzerland speaks for the consuming nations.

The Council was shown a film of the facilities of the venue in Bávaro, Dominican Republic, which is to be put at the disposal of the ICCO for the third edition of the World Cocoa Conference, and the representative of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Jose Antonio Martinez, explained that, among other highlights, the President of his country, H.E. Mr. Danilo Medina, would give the inaugural address. The Council agreed with the proposal that the Conference would be held alongside the March 2016 meetings of the Council, its subsidiary bodies and of the Consultative Board, and the dates have now been set at 14 – 19 March 2016. Speaking on behalf of the government of the host country, H.E. Dr. Federico Cuello, Ambassador to the UK of the Dominican Republic, said that the third edition of the Conference would be a positive and memorable event for the whole sector.

The Council also reminded its members of the existing ICCO initiative promoting of 1 October as World Cocoa and Chocolate Day, when the sector is celebrated worldwide. Indeed, a number of ICCO members, including Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nigeria announced their own celebrations due, or already taking place on or around that day, to complement the events already scheduled in consuming country nations including France and the UK.

A number of internal and housekeeping matters occupied the Council during the meetings, but the week also saw meetings of the Organization’s Economic and Administration and Finance Committees and a number of new officers were elected.

The International Cocoa Council itself named Mr. Enselme Gouthon of Togo as its Chairman, with H.E. Mr. Luis Valverde of Ecuador as Vice Chairman, both for the cocoa year 2014/2015 beginning on 1 October.

Mrs. Miriam Okwabi of Ghana is to take over as Chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee, with Mr. Odon Pallaof Spain as Vice Chairman, both to serve for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 cocoa years.

On the Economics Committee, Mr. Henk de Jong of the Netherlands is the new Chairman, while Mr. Corneille Tabalo of the Democratic Republic of Congo is Vice Chairman, also both to serve for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 cocoa years.

The expanded Consultative Board of the World Cocoa Economy also released a list of its members for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 cocoa years (available to download here), and a Chairman and Vice Chairman of that body will be elected in due course.

The next ICCO Council and subsidiary meetings, including that of the Consultative Board, are to take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 23 – 27 March 2015. The Ivorian Minister of Trade, H.E. Mr. Jean-Luc Billon (right), told the Council that his government attached great importance to the international cocoa economy, and that his country would be pleased to welcome the Council members to Abidjan next March 2015, and to ensure that the meetings would be a great success.

A cocktail reception was kindly offered by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for the Council members, while the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Ms. Nicola Clase, kindly welcomed the Council members to her Residence for a reception in honour of outgoing Council Chairman Ms. Anna Tofftén (left). At the reception, ICCO Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc Anga thanked Ms. Tofftén and presented her with the ICCO’s traditional commemorative golden cocoa pod to mark her year of service to the Organization.

Presentations made at the Meetings (click to download):

Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy:

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CB – Item 09 – ICCO Ochratoxin A 29th CB Takrama-v3

CB – Item 09 – Codex Cd

CB – Item 10 – ECA CAO FCC Joint Quality Productivity Group Update

Economics Committee:

EC – Item 03 – The Cocoa Market Situation – Sept 2014


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