The Cotton Ecosystem


ACP Secrétariat

ACP Secrétariat The Secretariat is in charge of the administrative management of the ACP Group of States (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean territories). It is located in Brussels, Belgium. The Secretariat is managed by a General Secretary, with executive powers, who is responsible for the implementation of the international policy of the Group, and the facilitation and the coordination of the cooperation policy. learn more


EU/ DG DEVCO This Department was created on 27th October 2010. The new general direction for development and cooperation – EuropAid - is in charge of both the design of European development policies and the provision of European Aid in the world, through projects and programmes. learn more


COS-cotton The orientation and monitoring committee of the EU-Africa Partnership on cotton (COS-coton) is the steering body for the Partnership which was established as an answer to the worries generated by the sharp decrease of the cotton prices in the years 1990 and 2000. The COS-coton’s mission is to manage the needs of the actors of the cotton sectors and insure a good level of consistency and ownership of the Action Framework and the programmes developed within it. learn more


UNCTAD UNCTAD, based in Geneva, is the UN body in charge of development issues, especially the ones related to international trade. The first United Nation Conference on Trade and Development was held in Geneva in 1964. UNCTAD gathers 194 member States and provides direct technical assistance to developing and in transition countries to support them in building the capacities they need to improve the well-being of their populations and integrate the global economy in a more equitable way. learn more


FAO The FAO, based in Rome, is the UN organisation for food and agriculture. It is an intergovernmental body with 194 member States, 2 associated members and one member organisation, the European union. It aims at promoting good governance, among others, through the design and the adaptation of tools and existing guidelines and through focused supports on good governance to its in-country and regional offices. learn more


ITC The International Trade Centre, located in Geneva, was created in 1964. It is a UN and WTO joint agency. Since 1964, the ITC provides support through the implementation of development programmes dedicated to the private sectors and in particular to SMEs in developing countries to help them successfully reach the global markets. ITC provides assistance to institutions which support decision making people in the political arena. learn more

National EU

National EU Delegations The creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is one of the most significant changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009. It aims at making the EU's external action more coherent and efficient, thereby increasing the European union's influence in the world. The EU is represented through 139 EU Delegations and Offices around the world. For over 50 years, these Delegations and Offices have acted as the eyes, ears and mouthpiece of the European Commission vis-à-vis the authorities and population in their host countries. learn more

Center CORAF

African Research Center CORAF learn more


AProCA The Association of the African cotton producers was created on 22nd December 2004 in Cotonou, Benin. AProCA’s mission is to defend the interests of African producers in the wider framework of ongoing regional consultations. AproCA gathers 15 members. learn more


MOZAZIMA learn more


ACTIF The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is a not for profit regional industry/trade body formed in June 2005 by the Cotton, Textile and Apparel sectors from Eastern and Southern Africa covering the COMESA, SADC and the EAC trading blocks, and currently includes members of National Associations from 18 countries. ACTIF formation was a response to the need for a unified approach in order to address various issues facing the African Cotton, Textile & Apparel Industries. learn more


ACA The African Cotton Association (ACA) was created on 19th September 2002 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It brings together African cotton professionals to defend their interests in the international arena. ACA’s objective is to encourage experience sharing between the African cotton companies from agronomic, industrial and trade perspectives. learn more


WAEMU The West African Economic and Monetary union 5WAEMU) was created in 1994 in Dakar and is headquartered in Ouagadougou. It is a West African organization whose mission is to achieve the economic integration of its member States, through the reinforcement of the profitability of economic activities in the framework of an open and competitive market and legal context which would be harmonized and rationalized

The WAEMU Cotton-textile strategy aims at transforming 25% of the cotton production of the region by 2020 thus generating direct and indirect effects connected to the higher level of value addition, job creation…
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COMESA The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) was created in 1994 as a regional integration body which aims at creating an economic and trading union between its 19 member States to foster economic prosperity. learn more


ECCAS The Economic Community of Central African States was established in December 1984. It gathers 10 member States. It aims at promoting and strengthening an harmonious cooperation, a dynamic, balanced and self-sustaining development, in all aspects of social and economic activities (industry, transportations, communications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, trade, customs, currency, financial matters, Human Resources, tourism, education, science, technology, circulation of people) in order to achieve a collective autonomy and raise the standards of living of the populations. learn more


GIZ The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is the international German development agency.
It is headquartered in Eschoborn, in Germany. As a Federal company, the GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its international cooperation and sustainable development objectives. The GIZ is a active in South America and Africa.
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AFD The Agence française de développement (AFD) is a French organisation, based in Paris, which is both a public body with industrial and trade activities and a specialised financial institution. It finances projects focused on social and economic development in numerous developing countries and acts as the main operator of the French public development Aid. It also has the duty of promoting the economy of the French Overseas territories. learn more


USAID The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), created in 1961 and headquartered in Washington, is the US agency in charge of economic development and humanitarian aid, with a worldwide scope. learn more


NEPAD The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), headquartered in Midrand, in South Africa, was initiated by African Heads of State in July 2001. NEPAD is an African union policy framework which aims at bridging the gap between Africa and the rest of the world in terms of socio-economic development. learn more


African Union The African union was created in 2002, in Durban, in South Africa. It is headquartered in Midrand in South Africa. It aims at promoting democracy, Human Rights and development in Africa. NEPAD is a central tool for the African union strategy to attract foreign investments. learn more

C4 Countries

C4 Countries The C4 countries are an informal group of States, which gathers Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Chad. These countries co-authored the Sectorial Initiative in favour of African cotton. The C4 is an initiative launched in 2003 to defend the interests of African cotton producers to allow them to generate better revenues out of the hard work they invest to produce cotton whose market price is lowered because of the amount of subsidized cotton produced and sold by developed countries. The C4 negotiators are present during WTO negotiations to put forth the importance of cotton in their economies. learn more

World Bank

World Bank The World Bank was created on 27th December 1945 and brings together 5 international institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). It is headquartered in Washington. learn more


UNIDO The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is a UN agency which aims at promoting industrial development in its member states. The promotion and acceleration of industrial development in developing countries is one of its objectives as well. It was created in Vienna, in Austria in 1966 and became a UN specialized agency in 1985. learn more


CFC The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) was created in 1989. It is a UN intergovernmental financial institution which allows UN member States to benefit from projects financed by the CFC whose objectives are to support the socio-economic development of producers of agriculture goods and improve the development of society in general. Beneficiaries are small producers or SMEs in developed and developing countries. learn more


ICAC The International Cotton Advisory Committee brings together member States which produce, consume or trade cotton. It was created in 1939 and is located in Washington. It aims at supporting governments in the promotion of healthy and profitable cotton sectors, raising awareness on main issues affecting the cotton sectors, sharing information and encouraging international cooperation. learn more


OCDE learn more


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Commonwealth learn more

Indian Cooperation

Indian Cooperation learn more

Brazilian Cooperation

Brazilian Cooperation learn more

Chinese Cooperation

Chinese Cooperation learn more


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