The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) officially closed its 77th Plenary Meeting December 7, 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The closing session included several notable announcements:
• The Steering Committee accepted the Plenary Meeting’s Final Statement, which included the adoption of the ICAC’s three-year Strategic Plan. The plan was developed over the course of the prior 12 months and establishes a starting point that will ensure the organisation is on track to meet its future goals, and was passed unanimously.
• The Steering Committee also agreed that next year’s Technical Seminar will focus on Traceability Technologies, and will also explore the ways international seed exchange can help create new varieties that are ideally suited to flourish in the future — especially in light of new challenges such as climate change.
• ICAC accepted an invitation from the government of Australia to hold the 78th Plenary Meeting from December 2-6, 2019 in Brisbane.
The 77th Plenary Meeting featured more than a dozen Open and Breakout Sessions, covering topics such as combating pest resistance to biotechcotton; the use of drones and robots on small-scale farms; the additionalrevenue farmers can generate from cotton by-products; and ICAC’s#TruthAboutCotton campaign to counter the misleading claims that are being madeabout the cotton industry in the media.
Further information about the details of the 78th Plenary Meeting in Brisbane, Australia, will be announced in the coming months.
Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. The ICAC does not have a role in setting market prices or in intervening in market mechanisms.