JIS News

The Jamaica Cocoa Farmers Association (JCFA), in conjunction with International Co-operative Development Association/Volunteers in Overseas Co-operative Assistance (ACDI)/VOCA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is staging its first cocoa stakeholders consultation session on Tuesday (May 19) at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, starting at 9 a.m.
The workshop, sponsored by USAID through its Protected Areas and Rural Enterprise Project (PARE), will inform the association’s visioning and action planning activities. ACDI/VOCA consultants, Dr. Gerald Nolte and Terrence Ryan, working with a local consultant, will guide the session and action planning with the JCFA’s executive.
The JCFA was incorporated in September 2008, to advance the interests of Jamaican cocoa farmers. Its priority objectives include, serving as a vehicle for farmer engagement and advocacy, and creating partnerships with industry stakeholders, including farmers, Government, private sector and donors, to revitalise the local cocoa sector.

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