Cooperation among OIC Cotton-Producing Member Countries

SESRIC has participated actively in preparing the “Action Plan for the OIC Cotton Producing Countries and the Cooperation Development Strategy (2007-2011)”, which has been adopted by the 3rd Expert Group Meeting on “Enhancing Production Efficiency and International Competitiveness”. SESRIC also participated actively in the “Forum on Enhancement and Promotion of Trade and Investment in the Cotton Sector among OIC Member Countries”, which was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Turkey in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat and held in Istanbul on 12-13 November 2007. The Centre participated in the preparation for the said forum through providing some technical contributions to the Forum website, preparing the list of participants and designing the questionnaire on the needs and capacities of the OIC cotton producing countries. The Centre also presented a working paper at the said Forum titled “The Cotton Sector in the OIC Countries: Problems and Possibilities of Cooperation”, which highlights the importance of cotton in the OIC countries in terms of production and trade. It investigates the challenges facing the OIC cotton producing countries and provides a brief analysis of the world cotton markets. The paper also elaborates on some possible ways of cooperation among the OIC member countries in this important sector and concludes with the recommendation of establishing an OIC Cotton Alliance among OIC cotton producers, traders and industrialists to coordinate such cooperation.

SESRIC is an active member in both the Steering Committee and Project Committee of the OIC Forum on Enhancement and Promotion of Trade and Investment in Cotton Sector among OIC Member Countries.

Cooperation in the cotton sector is an important initiative within the OIC which was vitalized after the WTO Talks collapsed at Cancun Conference in 2004 because of the disagreement on the subsidies to the cotton sector. Cotton is crucial product for some OIC Countries especially the countries in West and Central Africa.

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Training Course on ‘Cotton Biotechnology: Advance Crop Management Technologies’
Date : 22-24 December 2015 Venue : Dhaka Bangladesh

SESRIC organised a training course on “Cotton Biotechnology: Advance Crop Management Technologies” at Cotton Development Board of Bangladesh on 22-24 December 2015, within the framework of the OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP). The course was conducted by Ms. Özlem Yıldırancan, Expert at Nazilli Cotton Research Institute with participation of Cotton Development Board of Bangladesh and relevant institutions. Below topics were covered in the three day course:

Training for Trainers on “Methods of Control of Pest, Disease and Weeds in Cotton”
Date : 06-07 October 2015 Venue : Namialo-Nampula Mozambique

In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Mozambique, SESRIC organised a two day Training for Trainers on “Methods of Control of Pest, Disease and Weeds in Cotton” in Namialo-Nampula, Mozambique. The target group of this two day ToT was the experts, farmers and staffs from different relevant institutions, namely, Mozambique Institute for Cotton (IAM), Forum for Cotton Farmers (FONPA), Nova Algodoeira, and China Africa Cotton. Training for Trainers was conducted by expert Mr. Cahit KAYA from Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Republic of Turkey. Below topics were covered in the two day ToT:

Cotton Conference on ‘‘From Farm to Fashion’’
Date : 03-05 August 2015 Venue : Izmir Turkey

The Centre organised a conference on cotton, namely ‘‘From Farm to Fashion’’ on 3-5 August 2015 at Izmir, Turkey in active collaboration with the Rural Business Development Center (RBDC), Oxfam Novib, Lok Sanjh Foundation (LSF) and Nazilli Cotton Research Centre.

Training Course on “Strengthening Extension Activities and Quality Seed Production of Cotton”
Date : 07-08 May 2015 Venue : Dhaka Bangladesh

The Centre organised a training course on “Strengthening Extension Activities and Quality Seed Production of Cotton” within the framework of the OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP), on 7-8 May 2015 at Cotton Development Board in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The course was provided by Ms. Şerife BALCI, expert from Nazilli Cotton Research Institution, Turkey.