The Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum (the Forum), is a not-for-profit private limited company established in Port of Spain, Trinidad in December 2010 created to bring together the highly fragmented regional fine cocoa sector to jointly address the many issues impeding its growth and development.
Revitalise. Retrain. Realise. Retain.
The Forum secured approximately USD $3 million in funding from the European Union (EU) to work with Partner organisations and help revive the fine cocoa industry in the Caribbean. Since its inception, the Forum has successfully undertaken 3 fine cocoa production-related programs and a series of events focusing on end-market opportunities. These initiatives are outlined below.
Maya House of Cacao & Chocolate Museum (Belize)
Re-engineering the Cocoa Rural Economy through Agro-Processing, eco-Tourism and Entrepreneurship (Jamaica)
Optimisation of Cocoa pollination for increased Cocoa Yields and Income Generation (Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica)
The Forum has hosted 4 Caribbean Fine Cocoa Conferences (2010, 2011, 2012) attracting 400 participants including representatives from the region’s cocoa sector as well as actors from the USA, UK, Germany, Belgium, and Central America (e.g. AMAJARO, Mars, and Hershey’s).
All of the initiatives outlined above have served as valuable sources of market knowledge regarding both supply and demand side issues. They have also allowed the Company’s management team to build a strong set of relationships across the entire value chain including fine cocoa producer groups value chain stakeholders, and international buyers.