There is strong need for an inclusive, transparent and sustainable cocoa sector, stakeholders have realised they can’t continue with business as usual and it is time to come together to address the challenges facing the sector, using new approaches. The cocoa sector can’t be sustainable as long as cocoa farmers are not recognized as a partner and given the opportunity to play a deserve role at all level in the sector. In 2010 the International Cocoa Agreement, was develop, and signed by major stakeholders including governments.
As a result, the World Cocoa Conference was launch in 2012, by the ICCO, to make sure signatories of the (ICA) implement their commitment. there has been four World Cocoa Conferences and four declarations, unfortunately the sector has not successfully implemented one declarations. Cocoa Farmers and farm workers being the most affected in the cocoa sector, as 99% of the challenges affect them and their families directly are still not able to have their voice as part of the value chain.