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  • The All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP) was launched in September 2007 at the initiative of the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat.  

    With an overall budget of 45 million Euros -of which a third is earmarked for the cotton sector- the programme aims at reducing poverty while improving and stabilising the revenues and living conditions of agricultural commodity producers in ACP countries.  

    Five international organisations, with consolidated expertise in the commodity field (CFC, FAO, ITC, UNCTAD and the WB), contribute with its own distinctive expertise at the achievement of specific results set in the Global Work Plan. 

    ITC’s main interventions in the Agricultural Commodities Programme are the following: 

    •  Value chain diagnosis, participatory sector strategy design & implementation plans; 
    •  Organization of strategy implementation, training of coordination bodies; 
    •  Establishment of coordination and strategy implementation progress review mechanisms; 
    •  Strategy recommendations for policy change referred to or adopted in policy development, counselling in project design & resource mobilisation; 
    •  Markets, product development and capacity building of groups of enterprises, farm, business and trade support services; 
    •  Implementation of selected strategy activities as pilot demonstrations of potential impact, particularly those related to improving linkages with buyers and supply markets, quality, packaging & labelling, logistics, marketing, trade information communications & gender. 
    •  Support to regional Focal Point Coordinators in COMESA, ECCAS and (for cotton only) ECOWAS 
    •  Support to strategy implementation coordination bodies and project development. 

    The programme will end in December 2011.  

    For additional information, please check the AAACP website:  http://www.euacpcommodities.eu/en  

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