The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is an inter-governmental organization established in 1973 under the auspices of the United Nations and operating within the framework of successive International Cocoa Agreements.
The Organization comprises 51 Member countries, of which 22 are cocoa-exporting countries and 29 are cocoa-importing countries. These Member countries together represent 92% of world cocoa exports and 80% of world cocoa imports.
The ICCO seeks to promote and support the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the cocoa value chain, and particularly to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers. It acts as a center for knowledge and innovation on the World Cocoa Economy; a platform for institutional cooperation, fostering dialogue among its Member countries and between key stakeholders in the cocoa value chain; and as a source of technical assistance for its Member countries.
CIRAD is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.
It works with its partners to build knowledge and solutions and invent resilient farming systems for a more sustainable, inclusive world. It mobilizes science, innovation and training in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Its expertise supports the entire range of stakeholders, from producers to public policymakers, to foster biodiversity protection, agroecological transitions, food system sustainability, health (of plants, animals and ecosystems), sustainable development of rural territories, and their resilience to climate change. CIRAD works in over fifty countries on every continent, thanks to the expertise of its 1,650 staff members, including 1,140 scientists, backed by a global network of about 200 partners. As such, it supports French scientific diplomacy operations.