MoZaZiMa presentation to 19 th COS-coton Meeting and 2 nd Steering Committee Meeting of the Support Programme for the consolidation of the Action Framework under the EU-Africa Partnership on Cotton ACP House 2 – 3 July 2014 Brussels. 1. Introduction.
19thCOS-coton Meeting and
2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the Support Programme for the consolidation of the Action Framework under the EU-Africa Partnership on Cotton
ACP House 2 – 3 July 2014
to discuss the MoZaZiMaactivity plan for 2014 , its role and
visibility in the forthcoming significant regional events.
to attract and retain investors to the value chain both as a
sourcing and consuming market.
Research results and efforts were shared on achievements
and developments relating
to the theme.
Member countries met to consolidate the MoZaZiMa
structure and cooperation role within the region.
As a result of training events facilitated by ITC under funding from EDF 9, a farmer owned Ginnery was established in Zambia 2012. 30% of the lint from the Ginnery will be span into yarn by Mukuba Textiles Factory and used in the Handloom clusters that will be established as a pilot in Zambia and replicated in the MoZaZiMa region under EDF 10 funding.
The introduction of intensive low cost fiber transformation technologies such as the Handloom will foster cotton value addition in the region.
Aimed at empowering women cotton farmers in Zambia by increasing business opportunities for them by improving their management and sales skills through capacity building in entrepreneurship.
Lessons learned in Zambia from this project will be shared at the sub-regional level with other MoZaZiMa members including Tanzania. This project is under EDF 10 funding facilitated by ITC
Development of a strategic plan to be used among other things to mobilise resources especially for strengthening the MoZaZiMa secretariat based in Lusaka, Zambia .
Hosting of a Southern and East African seed production study in Zimbabwe to expose the SEA cotton sectors to the practical conditions of seed production in Zimbabwe.
Considerable efforts are being made to harmonise seed systems and regulatory systems within the region.
Plans are underway to exchange germplasm for varietal breeding research in the 4 countries and for seed purity maintenance research among the members.
Harmonization of extension services in the region to implement a uniform extension methodology under the farmer field schools system or study circle system.
Advance harmonization of Biotechnology and biosafety policies by in country research institutions or a regional research in order to introduce Bt Cotton in the region.