Josef Toledano

Josef Toledano is an agriculture expert, with more than twenty years of experience in providing agricultural advisory to and building donor, government and partner support for large-scale projects. Toledano is currently Mars’ Cocoa Sustainability Director of West Africa. In this role, he has led his team’s efforts to gain third-party support in cocoa-producing countries. Specifically, Toledano has played a leadership role in Mars’ Vision for Change (V4C) initiative in Cote d’Ivoire, and has provided support to the company’s Global Chocolate Cocoa Strategy. Going forward, Toledano will continue to lead West Africa sustainability efforts, with a focus on V4C, and provide support to the implementation of the Global Chocolate Cocoa Strategy in other regions. Previously, Toledano served as a senior rural development specialist at the World Bank. At the Bank, his primary role was as technical lead on a wide range of multi-million dollar rural development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He also led the Bank’s policy work and partner-based initiatives around tree crops, biodiversity, and improved rice varieties (NERICA). Toledano built significant donor, industry and government support for country and regional partnerships, raising $350M in partner commitments in his career at the Bank. Indicative partners included the FAO, the AfDB, IFAD, USAID, CIRAD, Mars, and Monsanto. Prior to the World Bank, Toledano served in technical and agriculture extension advisory roles with the Guinean Ministry of Agriculture, an Israeli agro-chemical company and Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture. Toledano holds a joint MS in Agriculture Crop Intensification and Agriculture Extension in Developing Countries from Hebrew University. He holds a BS in Agriculture, also from Hebrew University. Toledano is bilingual, in Hebrew and English, and speaks French fluently. His country experience spans Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Indonesia, Mali, Niger, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Senegal, and Vietnam.