World Cocoa Foundation convenes global stakeholders to address Cocoa sustainability

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- WHAT:
'Celebrating the Diversity of Cocoa Origins'
World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting

WHEN:
Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, 2011

WHERE:
Hilton San Francisco Financial District, San Francisco CA

WHO:
More than 200 representatives from industry, government, development organizations, and research institutes in countries around the globe. Keynote addresses by Maura O’Neill, Senior Counselor to the Administrator for Innovation, US Agency for International Development, and Sunny Verghese, CEO, Olam International Ltd (Singapore).

The two-day program also includes sessions on: Sequencing the Cacao Genome - Implications for Farmers, Sustainability and Other Agricultural Commodities, Tracing the Origin of Fine Flavor Landraces of Cacao, and the Outlook for the Southeast Asia Cocoa Sector.

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership foundation that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits. These efforts help increase the supply of cocoa and help guarantee chocolate lovers access to their favorite products. WCF's membership includes cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80% of the global cocoa market. For more information, visit www.worldcocoa.org.

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