Lutheran World Relief, in partnership with the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMi), will convene key players in the cocoa industry from the Philippines and across the Asia-Pacific region at KakaoKonek 2016, to be held on Sept. 15-17 at the SMX Davao Convention Center in Davao, Philippines.

The third annual event will bring together farmers, buyers, representatives from the public sector and NGOs for two days of discussion on recent developments, challenges and opportunities in the Philippines cocoa industry. Conference sessions will focus on both micro and macro-level topics, including the increasing global demand and how the Philippines can fill the supply gaps, the path forward with ASEAN integration, farmer access to credit and financing, increasing production quantity and quality, and dealing with the effects of climate change.

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