79th Plenary Meeting

06 December 2021 - 09 December 2021 , Virtual Platform

Fortifying the Cotton Supply Chain: New Approaches to New Challenges
 
 
 
 
 
On Free Access: Cotton: Review of the World Situtation, September issue (Arabic; English; French; Russian; Spanish) – The ICAC RECORDER, September issue (English; French; Spanish) – Production and Trade Subsidies Affecting the Cotton Industry (English; French; Spanish) 
Paid Access (Please use Google Chrome to order. Members and subscribers can access with their password): ICAC Cotton Data Book (English) – World Cotton Statsitsics (English) – World Cotton Trade (English) – World Texttile Demand (English)
 
Argentina Bangladesh Egypt Greece Pakistan South Africa Taiwan      
                   
   
 
Monday 6 December 2021
 
Inaugural Session
8:00 – 9:40 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 09:00 pm – 10:40 pm; Europe: 13:00 – 14:40 (GMT)
Chairman: M. Anshul Sharma, Chairman of the ICAC Standing Committee
 
• Report of the Chairman of the Standing Committee
Mr Anshul Sharma, Counsellor (Economic), Embassy of India
Biography
Report
 
• Report of the Executive Director
Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director of ICAC
Biography
Report
 
• Recognition of the ICAC Researchers of the Year, 2020 and 2021 and Presentations.  

Dr K. Raja Reddy – ICAC Researcher of the Year 2020
Biography 
Presentation

Dr Bruce Tabashnik – ICAC Researcher of the Year 2021
Biography 
Presentation

Dr Jonathan F. Wendel – ICAC Researcher of the Year 2021
Biography 
Presentation

 
• Approval of the Agenda of the 79th Plenary Meeting
 
• Speeches from the ICAC Panels and Committees
Private Sector Advisory Council – PSAC
Mr Peter Wakefield, Chairman of the PSAP
Biography
Report

International Cotton Researchers Association – ICRA
Dr Mohamed Negm, Chairman of ICRA
Biography
Report
 
 
Reports from the ICAC Secretariat
9:45 – 11:15 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 10:45 pm – 00:15 pm; Europe: 14:45 – 16:15 (GMT)
Chairman: M. Anshul Sharma, Chairman of the ICAC Standing Committee
 
• World Cotton Market Outlook
Mr Matthew Looney, Data Scientist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
• World Cotton Trade
Ms Parkhi Vats, Commodity Trade Analyst, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
• Global Textile Fibres Demand: Trends and Forecast
Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
• Presentation by the Head of Textiles and Innovation
Mr Usman Kanwar, Head of Textiles and Innovation, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
• Production and Trade Subsidies Affecting the Cotton Industry, Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
• ICAC Cotton Data Book
Dr Keshav Kranthi, Chief Scientist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
Tuesday 7 December 2021
 
First Open Session: Fortifying the Cotton Supply Chain
8:00 – 09:50 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 09:00 pm – 10:50 pm; Europe: 13:00 – 14:50 (GMT)
Chairperson: 
 
Presentations and Discussions 
• What is Sustainable Cotton? 
Dr Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural & Environmental Research Cotton Incorporated, USA
Biography
Presentation
 
• The Integrity of Organic Cotton
Mrs La Rhea Pepper, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Textile Exchange
Biography
Presentation
 
• Challenges in the Sustainable Cotton Supply Chain
Mr Anupam Gupta
Biography
Presentation
 
• Responsible Sourcing for Responsible Consumers
Dr Rubana Huq, Managing Director of Mohammadi Group
Biography
Presentation
 
 
Second Open Session: Labelling – What is the real story about my T-shirt?
Presentations and Discussions
10:00 –12:00 pm (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 11:00 pm – 01:00 am; Europe: 15:00 – 17:00 (GMT)
Chairman: M. Azeez Syed (ICA)
 
• Data Driven Labelling: Limitations and Opportunities
Dr Jesse Daystar, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Sustainability, Cotton Incorporated
Biography
Presentation
   
• Do We Know Enough About Apparel and Sustainability to Develop a Simple, Trustworthy, Equitable and Science-based Labelling System?
Ms Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Professor, Oslo Metropolitan University
Biography
Presentation
   
• Product Labels and Due Diligence
Ms Dorothy Lovell, Policy Advisor in the Responsible Business Conduct team, OECD
Biography
Presentation
• Biodiverse, Local and Verified: Country Road’s Approach to Cotton
Ms Fabia Pryor, Brand Community and Impact Manager at Country Road
Biography
Presentation

• Future Positive Knitwear. Reconnecting Consumer Through Technology
Mr Michael Wessely, Co-Founder of Sheep Inc.
Biography
Presentation

• Consumer Engagement:Greenwashing or Education?  The Truth in a Label
Mrs La Rhea Pepper, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Textile Exchange
Biography
Presentation
 
 
Wednesday 8 December 2021
 
Open Technical Session: Advances and Challenges of Hybrid Cotton Technology
8:00 – 10:00 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 09:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Europe: 13:00 – 15:00 (GMT)
Chairman: Dr. Talpur, Vice President, Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, Pakistan
 
• The Hybrid Cotton Revolution in India
Dr M. Ramasami, Chairman of Rasi Seeds
Biography
Presentation
 
• The Future of Organic cotton, GM Cotton and Hybrid Cotton
Dr Yusuf Zafar, T.I, Former Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad
Biography
Presentation
 
• The Challenges with Sustainability of Hybrid Cotton
Dr H. B. Santosh, Scientist (Plant Breeding), Division of Crop Improvement
Biography
Presentation
 
• Will Hybrid Cotton be Suitable for Rainfed Africa?
Prof. Andrew P. Gutierrez, Professor Emeritus IX+, Division of Ecosystem Science at the University of California at Berkeley. 
CEO - NGO Center for the Analysis of Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Biography
Presentation
 
• Discussion of the Working Paper 2 for the title of the 2022 Technical Seminar
 
 
World Café: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability
Report of the Groups Discussions 
10:10 – 11:10 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 11:10 pm – 00:10 am; Europe: 15:10 – 16:10 (GMT)
 
• Introductory Remarks
Mr Mike McCue, Director of Communications, ICAC
Biography
Presentation
 
• Presentations by the Regions Leaders and Discussion
 
Closing Plenary Session (opened to all)
11:10 – 11:20 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 00:10 am – 01:20 am; Europe: 16:10 – 17:20 (GMT)
Chairman: M. Anshul Sharma, Chairman of the ICAC Standing Committee

• Closing comments by the ICAC (Kai Hughes, ICAC Executive Director)
• Closing Remarks by the Chair (Anshul Sharma, Chair of the Standing Committee)
 
Thursday 9 December 2021
 
Meeting of the Drafting Group (Members only)
8:00 – 10:30 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 09:00 pm – 11:30 pm; Europe: 13:00 – 15:30 (GMT)
Chairman: Patrick Packnett, Deputy Administrator, Global Market Analysis – USDA, USA
 
Meeting of the Steering Committee (Members only)
10:40 – 11:10 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 11:40 pm – 00:10 am; Europe: 15:40 – 16:10 (GMT)
Chairman: M. Anshul Sharma, Chairman of the ICAC Standing Committee
 
1. Adoption of the Agenda
2. Election of the Standing Committee Officers – Working Paper 1 (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)
3. Topic of the Technical Seminar for 2022 – Working Paper 2 (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)
4. Strategy Away Day – Working Paper 3 (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)
5. Uncollected Assessments of  the ICAC Members – Working Paper 4
6. Renewal of the Executive Director Contract
 
Closing Plenary Session with Members only 
11:10 – 11:40 am (GMT-5); Australia (Perth, AW): 00:10 am – 00:40 am; Europe: 16:10 – 16:40 (GMT)
Chairman: M. Anshul Sharma, Chairman of the ICAC Standing Committee

• Reading of the Plenary Meeting Final Statement
• Closing Remarks by the Chair (Anshul Sharma, Chair of the Standing Committee)