June 2019 Edition of ICAC Recorder Concludes Four-Part Series on Africa

For Immediate Release 
Date Posted: 5 July 2019
Executive Summary
Highlights from the June 2019 ‘Recorder’ include:

  • An upbeat and forward-looking editorial from Dr Keshav Kranthi, Head of the ICAC Technical Information Section — although he acknowledges the need for African nations to process their cotton rather than export raw fibre
  • ‘Boosting Yields in Africa — What Technologies Work’, authored by Serunjogi Lastus Katende, Jolly K. Sabune and Ben Anyama of the Cotton Development Organisation, and Michael A. Ugen of the National Semi-arid Resources Research Institute
  • An article evaluating the impact of COMPACI and whether it is succeeding in increasing the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, authored by Daniela Jann and Tobias Bidlingmaier of DEG-Deutsche Investitions
  • ‘Promoting Cotton By-products in Eastern and Southern Africa’, an article from Kris Terauds of UNCTAD that evaluates the organisation’s project, which shows the potential for generating additional farmer income. 
  • An in-depth article from Zerihun Desalegn, ‘Progress of Ethiopian Cotton Producers toward Sustainability’, which highlights the increasing sustainability compliance of Ethiopian farmers — both large and smallholder
June 2019 Edition of ICAC Recorder Concludes Four-Part Series on Africa

Based on the content of the June 2019 ICAC Recorder, the future looks bright for African cotton — but several challenges must be overcome first, including access to technology, training and inputs; greater strides toward sustainable production; and the need to establish a business infrastructure for cotton by-products and the processing of raw cotton fibre.

In the final issue of the four-part series on Africa, Dr Kranthi remains firmly optimistic about the continent’s future in his editorial. If Africa processed its fibre rather than exporting it, it would create up to 5.5 million new jobs and generate as much as $90 billion in new revenue. The lack of readily available technology is a serious concern, but as Dr Kranthi says in his conclusion, ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’.

No fewer than four authors collaborated on the first article, which addresses the critical topic of what are the best technologies for boosting yields in Africa. Its yields are the lowest in the world and empowering the continent’s 3.5 million smallholder farmers to boost yields through technology transfer would go a long way toward lifting millions of people out of poverty.

In the second entry, Daniela Jann and Tobias Bidlingmaier of DEG-Deutsche Investitions analyse the impact of COMPACI — the Competitive African Cotton Initiative — and its ability to improve training, farming methods, and access to inputs with the goal of increasing farmer income.

The third article, written by UNCTAD Economic Affairs Officer Kris Terauds, focuses on the organisation’s project to promote the processing of cotton by-products, beyond the fibre. The results so far show promise for increasing farmer income — as well as reviving their incentives to grow more cotton.


The fourth and final article in the issue evaluates the progress toward sustainability of Ethiopian cotton farmers in the regional states of Afar and Tigray. The Sustainable Cotton Initiative Ethiopia (SCIE) shows that the level of compliance on project farms toward the minimum requirements of the Better Cotton Initiative are increasing year-over-year.


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