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Connect & Grow: Shaping the future of coffee and cocoa in Africa’s premier trade week

At the heart of IACCTW is a commitment to transformative growth by embedding innovative practices, digital market access and sustainability into the very fabric of African agricultural industries

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MILAN – From 12 to 14 September 2024, Africa’s coffee and cocoa sectors converge at the Intra-African Coffee and Chocolate Trade Week (IACCTW) in Djibloho, Equatorial Guinea, showcasing the continent’s rich productive heritage and uniting producers and consumers.

This event heralds a new era, celebrating the diversity, innovation and tradition that pulsate at the heart of Africa’s coffee and cocoa sectors.

The stage is set to highlight the contributions of all producing countries alongside the vibrant cultures of African consuming nations, encapsulating a shared heritage and a dynamic future.

At the heart of Intra-African Coffee and Chocolate Trade Week is a commitment to transformative growth by embedding innovative practices, digital market access and sustainability into the very fabric of African agricultural industries

The empowerment of women and youth, crucial to the journey from beans to bar to glass, underscores our agenda, highlighting the role of inclusive practices in shaping the future.

The event emphasizes collaborative partnerships alongside the value chain and digital innovation for broader market access. Such alliances are key to elevating Africa’s coffee and cocoa industries, promising not only economic prosperity but also environmental stewardship and social welfare.

As the spotlight gradually narrows on our host, Equatorial Guinea emerges as an ideal host, embodying the excellence and qualities essential to this landmark event.

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With its history of cocoa production and commitment to quality, Equatorial Guinea represents the spirit of the entire continent: resilient, innovative, and forward-looking.

The choice of Equatorial Guinea as a location is a testament to the country’s capabilities, offering world-class facilities, a welcoming atmosphere, and a deep-rooted appreciation of the importance of coffee and cocoa in Africa’s economic and cultural landscape.

We invite you to Equatorial Guinea, where we will not only explore the past and present of coffee and cocoa, but also forge a sustainable and prosperous future for these vital sectors. This is an opportunity to engage with stakeholders across the value chain, from farmers and producers to policymakers and innovators. Let’s chart a path that honors our heritage while embracing the future.

A future where every grain not only tells a story of excellence, but also contributes to a sustainable and prosperous tomorrow for Africa Together, let’s celebrate and elevate the continent’s green gold.

“African coffee and cocoa farmers cannot succeed in isolation. We need to work together, share knowledge and embrace new technologies to ensure a better future” (IACCTW)

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