Promoting cotton by-products in Eastern and Southern Africa

Cotton remains a strategic crop in Africa, especially for countries in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). It generates export revenues, as well as employment and income for families in rural areas. Nevertheless, in many countries, cotton production has dwindled in recent years. This is due, in part, to the declining returns that farmers derive from its cultivation.

This project, funded by the UN Development Account, aims to develop the cotton by-products sector in four countries - Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - to create economic opportunities, increase value addition and increase the total income that farmers earn from growing cotton.

The resulting increase in cotton production could help reinvigorate the cotton value chain in the four countries and the ESA region.

UNCTAD is implementing the project, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

For more information, please consult the project document, which contains descriptions of cotton by-products, their commercial uses and markets, as well as details about the project and its activities.

 

Objective:

To strengthen the capacity of selected countries in Eastern and Southern Africa to assess the economic viability of the development of cotton by-products and formulate evidence-based policies that promote their value addition.

 

Expected outcome:

  • Improved capacity of cotton value chain stakeholders, including government officials, the private sector and farmers' associations in target beneficiary countries to assess the potential value, market situation and prospects for cotton by-products.
  • Improved capacity of policymakers in the beneficiary countries/region to:
     (a) formulate evidence-based policies that promote the value addition of cotton by-products; and
     (b) devise investment profiles to attract potential investors.
Cotton 
  Project Code: 1617K
  Partners: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  Donor: United Nations Development Account
  Beneficiaries:    Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Uganda
  Duration: 2016-2019
  Contact:   
Project Leader: Ms Yanchun Zhang
Chief, Commodity Policy Implementation and Outreach Section
T.: +41.22.917.5790
E.: yanchun.zhang@unctad.org
Project Officer: Mr Kris Terauds
T.: +41.22.917.5931
E.: kris.terauds@unctad.org
Administration: Ms Catherine Katongola,
Ms Danièle Boglio
T.: +41.22.917.1648/6286
E.: commodities@unctad.org

Selected activities:

  • Conduct a survey in each country, of a cross- section of stakeholders in the cotton value chain, to inform a value chain analysis of the cotton by-products sector (A 1.1).
  • Hold national capacity-building workshops in each country to disseminate analysis from the survey and draft an action plan for developing the cotton by-products sector (A 1.3).
  • Organize a study tour for stakeholders from the four countries to a country with a thriving cotton by-products sector (A 1.4).
  • Provide advisory assistance to governments to formulate evidence-based policies that promote the development of cotton by-products (A 2.2).
  • Work with the investment promotion agencies in the four countries to draft investment profiles for their cotton by-product sectors (A 2.3).
 

 Documents

 
Newsletter 2 - June 2017 (UNCTAD/WEB/SUC/MISC/2017/2)
Newsletter 1 - February 2017 (UNCTAD/WEB/SUC/MISC/2017/1)

 

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