Online Seminar on Cocoa Production in Nigeria: Addressing Challenges, Exploring Opportunities, and Embracing Sustainability

On September 12, 2023, the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa hosted an online seminar that brought together a group of local experts to examine the cocoa production landscape in Nigeria. Nigeria holds a crucial position as a cocoa supplier to Germany and we are pleased to report that the event was attended by more than 50 participants.

Notable Highlights from the Seminar:


In the initial segment of the seminar, Olutobaba Ajayi, the cocoa desk officer at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Nigeria, provided valuable insights into strategies for strengthening cocoa production and the national policy framework governing cocoa production. Sanne Steemers from AFEX delivered a comprehensive presentation on market dynamics, shedding light on the factors influencing cocoa pricing and trading, thus emphasizing the importance of transparency. Agatha Ewolor, a representative from GISCO member OFI, delved into responsible sourcing and traceability in Nigeria, underlining the significance of sustainable practices and supply chain transparency in the cocoa industry.


The latter part of the seminar was dedicated to exploring a range of perspectives, including those of civil society, farmers, and small enterprises. GISCO members engaged in insightful discussions on emerging trends, novel initiatives, and the pathways to achieving sustainability.


Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe, representing CORUS International, shared valuable insights into emerging trends and initiatives from a civil society perspective, highlighting collaborative efforts that are shaping the cocoa industry. Adeola Adegoke, speaking on behalf of CFAN, presented the farmers' viewpoint on the journey toward sustainability. Finally, Uzoamaka Igweike shared her entrepreneurial journey as the founder of a unique chocolate craftsmanship venture in Nigeria, illustrating the possibilities for innovation and sustainability within the local cocoa sector.


We extend our sincere gratitude to all the speakers and participants for their enthusiastic contributions and productive discussions.


For further information on the topics covered during the seminar, please consult the agenda provided below:


Link to the Agenda in English

Link to the Agenda in German


For our members: We are excited to announce that our next online seminar is scheduled for November 7th! Stay tuned for details.