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Sunday, November 12 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Farmer prosperity is a key ingredient in good chocolate

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90% of the world's cacao is produced by smallholder farming families -- and most of these families are living in poverty at under $2 per day. We will discuss the importance of farmgate pricing and farmer revenue in the specialty chocolate supply chain. Without transparent trading models, it is impossible for chocolate makers to know how much farmers are actually earning through their expensive specialty cacao purchase, especially if the cacao is coming from smallholder farmers. We hope to open consumers and chocolate makers eyes to the power of their purchasing and demonstrate the importance, however risky, of disclosing farmgate pricing in the supply chain.

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Roy Wilhen Fraatz Lopez

Quality and Technical Manager, Cacao Verapaz
Roy Wilhen Fraatz Lopez is the quality and technical manager at Cacao Verapaz in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Roy graduated as Agricultural Engineer with a focus on Socioeconomic Development and Environment from Zamorano University in 2007. Originally from the department of Alta... Read More →
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Emily Stone

CEO and Co-founder, Uncommon Cacao
Emily Stone has spent the greater part of the last decade deep in the jungles of Central America, creating meaningful market access for thousands of indigenous Maya smallholder farmers through supply chain companies connecting these farmers with premium chocolate makers in the U.S... Read More →
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Carlos Ignacio Velasco

CEO, Cacao de Colombia
Carlos Ignacio Velasco studied industrial engineering at Andes University in Colombia. He worked for over 12 years in the coffee and cacao industry and nine years with the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC), or National Federation of Coffee Producers in Colombia... Read More →

Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Pier 91 Seattle 2001 W. Garfield Street, Seattle WA 98119