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DRAFT OUTCOME/COMMUNIQUE OF ICCFO METTING – THE HAGUE

DRAFT OUTCOME/COMMUNIQUE OF ICCFO METTING – THE HAGUE
NETHERLANDS
The International Cocoa Farmers Organization (ICCFO) held its first plenary meeting of Cocoa
farmers with participants from seven (7) cocoa producing countries and invited guest from the cocoa
value chain and the Dutch Ministry of economic Affair in Alexanderveld 5, 2502 LS The Hague, The
Netherlands from the 23-27th February, 2015
Over the five days, the participants resolved that:
 The name of the organization shall be called: The International Cocoa farmers organization
(ICCFO)
 Reviewed specific challenges of farmers in the cocoa producing countries
 The Organization was incorporated on 8th December 2014 under Registration Number
62040049 with the registered Office in the Netherlands.
 The head office shall be in the Netherlands for the purpose of the nearest to the consumers
and other international organisation.
 There shall be a thirteen (13) member Governing Board of farmers from producing countries
and national executive committees of three (3) and five ( 5) members, depending on the
strength of the producing country.
 The various national executive committees will form the General Assembly of the
Organization.
 All member countries and organisations shall be required to register their members with the
international ICCFO secretariat.
 There was an elected board to serve for a four year term with an option of another 4 year
tenure.
 Farmers are the weakest link of the entire cocoa value chain.
 Farmers don’t have enumerative price for the highly physical labour intensive demand of
growing cocoa.
 Financial demand for certification of farmers is above the reach of an average cocoa farmer.
 There is the need for more collaborative efforts between development partners and farmers.
 The challenges of cocoa farmers in their countries of origin are low productivity, poverty and
lack of interest of the youth in cocoa production (sustainability issues).
 There is the need for the cocoa farmers’ voice to be head and factored in all decision making
processes to bring the farmer factor towards the sustainability of cocoa.
 The solution to sustainability is fair pricing for the farmer, which can be achieved with the
unity of all cocoa farmers worldwide and the involvement of the farmer in decision making to
complete the cocoa value chain.
 ICCFO Conduct National cocoa farmer mobilization and sensitization meetings on its aims and
objectives for 2015.
 ICCFO shall Develop a 5 years Strategic plan (2016-2021).
 ICCFO will advocate for the use of the Farmer Model for Cocoa Sustainability programs.
 The ICCFO will provide Linkages with National Governments and Institutions on building
youth capacity in cocoa farming.
 ICCFO will provide Linkages with government, Organisations and institutions along the cocoa
value chain on gender issues and infrastructure development at the farm gates. (Roads, health
facilities and schools etc.)
 ICCFO will facilitate the building of farmer capacity through training on cocoa extension and
bean quality.
 Farmers expressed their deep gratitude to the Government of Netherlands for their support in
making this dream of farmers coming together to form an international organisation possible.
 The names on table 1 and table 2 below were elected as Members of the Board and National
representatives respectively.
Table 1. Members of the Board
S/
N
NAME OF MEMBER COUNTRY ELECTED POSITIONS OF THE
BOARD
1 Nicholas Kojo Dzogbese Ghana President
2 Jorge Sarmiento Venezuela 1st Vice President
3 Fauzi Yusuf Indonesia 2nd Vice President
4 Frank Okyere Ghana Youth President
5 Mukete Sako Warren Cameroon Secretary General
6 Balyesiima Methodius Uganda Treasurer
7 Sayina R. Riman Nigeria Financial Secretary
8 Esapa Patrick Enyong Cameroon 1st Regional Representative Africa
9 Budi Purnomo Indonesia Regional Representative for Asia
10 Enrique Uribeleitz Mexico Regional Representative North
America
11 Reserved Position Ivory Coast 2nd Regional Representative Africa
12 Reserved Position Nigeria Female Representative
13 Reserved Position Ivory Coast Information and Publicity Secretary
Table 2. National Representatives
The following member have been elected on the National Representatives. However, all member
producing countries are to elect a national representative to coordinate membership issues at the
producer member country level
S/
N
NAME OF MEMBER COUNTRY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE
1. Afriyie Kwasi Boateng Ghana National Representative
2. Chief Motoma Simon Cameroon National Representative
3. Mwanga Uganda National Representative
4. Ade Swargo Molyo Indonesia National Representative

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