Organization, Partners & Sponsors

The Cocoa of Excellence Programme, coordinated by Bioversity International, is jointly organized with Event International in partnership with the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA), Guittard Chocolate, Seguine Cacao, Cocoa and Chocolate, Barry Callebaut, Puratos and the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) with sponsorship from the European Cocoa Association (ECA), the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe (Caobisco), the Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC), Nestlé, the Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Mars UK, Valrhona and with in-kind contributions from the Cocoa Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (CRC/UWI), Valrhona, Weiss Chocolate and CocoaTown.

If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor of the Cocoa of Excellence Programme, please explore our Sponsorship Programme and contact the CoEx Programme Coordination.

Founding Partners

The Cocoa of Excellence Programme was founded in 2008 by Bioversity International, Event International and CIRAD with support from the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), ICCO, Mars, Barry Callebaut and Puratos/Belcolade.






*Photo from Salon du chocolat*