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Prevention of Seed Cotton Contamination in West Africa

Afrique de l’Ouest (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali)

Common Fund for Commodities

Titre : Prevention of Seed Cotton Contamination in West Africa

Code du projet : CFC/ICAC/38

Pays bénéficiaire (s) : Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali

Approuvé le : 31 December 2009

Submitting ICB  : International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

Agence d’exécution : International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC) West Africa

The project aims to increase direct income accrued by small-holder cotton producers in the selected production areas by enabling them to produce and sell uncontaminated seed cotton. Ultimately, once the system has gained credibility, income increases exceeding 5 – 10% of the current incomes can be realized. The project facilitated producer training and provision of required harvest/collection inputs as well as strengthening the institutional arrangements between the different commercial partners involved in the early stages of the supply chain (producers and their organizations, traders, ginners, cotton companies, etc). Target is to have at project-end some 27,000 farmers firmly anchored in the programme, who should jointly produce at least some 100,000 tons of seed cotton. The project is part of the recently completed All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP) of the EU, which provided substantive co-financing to the project during the period 2010 – 2011. Parallel to the CFC project activities, the World Bank initiated another AAACP-funded programme that focuses on developing the required institutional and legislative arrangements at national level to ensure the regulatory/institutional and commercial sustainability resulting from the CFC project activities.

By the end of 2011 the target of involving some 27,000 farmers in the programme was met. Improved harvesting kits and extensive training and extension support were extended to them. During the year it was noted that cotton marketing companies take a positive stand towards the project and its objectives (including making substantive numbers of staff available in the different activities), but this has not yet resulted in using the clean cotton quality criterion in their procurement policies. Hence, the ultimately expected increase of seed cotton prices paid to the farmers has not yet fully materialized. The latter aspect will be addressed as one of the priorities in the remaining project implementation period which ends in 2013.

Coût du projet : USD 7,000,000

Common Fund for Commodities

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