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olam food ingredients (“ofi”) is a new operating group born out of Olam. ofi offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of industry-leading businesses of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices. ofi has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farming operations, farm-gate origination, and manufacturing facilities. ofi partners with customers, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ food products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable and sustainable.

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African Export–Import Bank, also referred to as Afreximbank, is a pan-African multilateral trade finance institution created in 1993 under the auspices of the African Development Bank. It is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt. Afreximbank’s vision is to be the trade finance bank for Africa. Afreximbank’s mandate is to finance and promote intra- and extra-African trade using three broad services: 1) Credit (Trade finance and Project finance), 2) Risk Bearing (Guarantees and Credit Insurance), 3)Trade Information and Advisory Services. Afreximbank has 50 African member-countries. As of June 2020, the bank had four regional locations and is in the final stages of establishing a fifth regional office for Central Africa. The regional offices are: Harare – managing the Southern African countries, Abidjan – managing francophone Western African countries, Abuja – managing anglophone Western African countries, Kampala – managing the countries in Eastern Africa and Yaounde – managing the countries in Central Africa. 

Bayer’s Crop Science Division is a world-leading agriculture enterprise with businesses in seeds, crop protection and nonagricultural pest control. The Crop Protection / Seeds operating unit markets a broad portfolio of high-value seeds and innovative pest management solutions, while at the same time providing extensive customer service for sustainable agriculture.

Silver Sponsor

Solidaridad promotes sustainable production, inclusion, and agricultural service provision to smallholders through social enterprises. Market access, food security and nutrition, climate responsiveness, and community development are integral to our work. We collaborate with producers, workers, local communities, knowledge institutions, donors, regulators, and financial institutions in all our supply chain interventions.

Through our wholly-owned sourcing operations in Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, we can offer a competitive and reliable supply of certified and non-certified cocoa beans to our customers. Our engaged management of the supply chain from grower to processor and our ability to source high quality cocoa make us an ideal partner both for the international chocolate and pressing industry as well as for medium size chocolatiers.

MINKA SCS AG – business that changes lives!

Starlink Global & Ideal Ltd (SGI) is a foremost Nigerian Agricultural Commodity Trading Company. Our history dates back to 1948, however, our operation as it is today was incorporated in 2002, with formation and transition period between 1999 – 2002. SGI has grown tremendously through the years, and emerged the largest exporter of cocoa beans accounting for about 40 percent of Nigeria’s cocoa export. It has consistently featured in Nigerian Central Bank’s list of top-notch non-oil Exporters over the years. In 2020, SGI was among the top five (5) Nigerian non-oil exporters despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bronze Sponsor

Puratos is an international group, which offers a full range of innovative products and application expertise for artisans, industry, retailers and food service customers in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. Its headquarters are located on the outskirts of Brussels (Belgium), where the company was founded in 1919.

Created on October 28, 2003, FIRCA is a legal entity under private law of a special type, recognized as being of public utility. Its mission is to mobilize financial resources from the agricultural sectors, the State and development partners to ensure, in all plant, animal and forestry production sectors, the sustainable financing of applied research programs, agricultural extension programs, professional training and capacity building of agricultural value chain actors. The projects and programs financed aim at developing sustainable, competitive and inclusive agriculture.

AgriTech Sponsor

AFEX harnesses Africa’s commodities and talent to build shared wealth and prosperity. Its infrastructure and platform investments work to unlock capital to power a trust economy in Africa’s commodities markets. Since its inception in 2014, AFEX has developed and deployed a viable commodities exchange model for the West African market and is on track to impact one million producers: providing services in productivity and value capture and access to finance and markets. By deploying an efficient market system, the company will facilitate trade with Africa worth over USD500 million in the next five years.
AFEX’s vision is to be the reference point for commodities in Africa. To achieve this goal, AFEX looks to introduce products that de-risk the sector, drive financial inclusion for rural communities, develop technology for data collection and market access, and enable capital deployment

Agroforestry Sponsor

Created in 1985 by cooperatives and mutuals from Quebec, SOCODEVI supports cooperative enterprises as a driver of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. Active in cocoa, SOCODEVI supports nearly a hundred cooperatives and their members along this value chain in West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana) as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean (Colombia, Honduras and Haiti).

Innovation Sponsor

Mars has been making chocolate and buying cocoa for more than 100 years, putting cocoa at the heart of our company’s long heritage. Four decades have been spent working in collaboration with others toward achieving sustainable cocoa production, accelerating the transformation of the cocoa sector to create a more modern, inclusive and sustainable cocoa supply chain. One where the environment is protected, human rights are respected, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We believe the use of the scientific method is absolutely critical to this endeavor and are convinced that good science is needed to ensure healthier, more resilient and more productive plants that lead to thriving cocoa farmers and contribute to forest preservation by helping farmers grow more cocoa on less land. That’s why investing in innovative agricultural research underpins Cocoa for Generations, our cocoa sustainability strategy launched in 2018.

Sustainability Sponsor

CYRIAN is a very special cocoa trading company. The presence of their engineers and technicians in the field, from the many plantations to their rural centres, then their three purchasing platforms, ensures their buyers and consumers better control of product quality and exemplary traceability. They are committed to the quality of all the foodstuffs they supply. They provide cocoa and chocolate manufacturers with exemplary quality and traceability

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