Kristy Leissle (PhD), a cocoa and chocolate scholar, is scheduled to speak at the cocoa conference hosted by the Lindt Chocolate Museum in Cologne Germany, next month.
The conference will explore the subject of “Sustainable cocoa supply chain in times of crisis – how can it succeed?”
The event backed by the German international development agency GIZ opens on Tuesday 23rd May with a tall list of activities, before closing the next day May 24 at the Cologne Chocolate Museum.
Dr Kristy Leissle, a Ghana-based astute cocoa and chocolate scholar will be delivering a paper on pertinent economic and gender issues in Ghana’s cocoa industry.
“I’ll be delivering a presentation on the current macroeconomic and supply chain challenges in Ghana’s cocoa industry,” Dr Leissle posted on LinkedIn.
The cocoa and chocolate thought leader hinted further that her presentation will also be “addressing specific challenges that women face in cocoa farming families, in times of both prosperity and hardship.”
Since 2004, Dr Leissle has researched and written about the politics, economics, and cultures of the cocoa-chocolate trade in Africa, Europe, and North America.
Her work reveals the realities of everyday life for the women and men who make chocolate possible, especially in West Africa.
She is currently researching for a book on Africa’s contributions to global chocolate.
Dr Leissle is Affiliate Faculty in African Studies at the University of Washington, and Co-Founder of the Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana. She lives in Accra.
Registration for the conference is free and open to the public.
Other panellists billed for the conference include Dr Christian Unterberg-Imhoff of the Chocolate Museum Cologne, and Yuca Waarts, a Senior researcher of sustainable value chain development at Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
Also speaking are Pauline Zei, the Country Director of Inades Formation Ivory Coast and Martin Gilmour, Director of Chase Cocoa Consulting.