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The Cotton Association of Zambia (CAZ) Programme Plan 2014-2018 document was developed in April 2013. The CAZ Programme Plan development is based on the “Strategic Framework of the Cotton Association of Zambia 2014-2018”, see annex 1 that was developed earlier in the month.

Established in 2005, CAZ has had success in areas like organisational development and provision of farmers’ extension services, e.g., 27000 farmers engaged in study circle groups. Although CAZ has GRZ backing and general donor community acceptance for the need of a mutually agreed transparent price model it has yet to make an impression on the ginners who continue to dictate unreasonably low seed cotton prices.

For five years, up until 2012, CORDAID provided valuable assistance to build CAZ’s institution base and its operation. Dueto changes in Dutch development funding CORDAID is unable to continue to provide the same level of support. Since 2009, CAZ has had institutional and farmer service extension support from the Swedish Cooperative Centre (SCC), through its Farmers Organisations Fighting Poverty and injustice (FOFPI) Since 2010Agriterra has provided fundingfor farmer extension services rather than institutional support. In 2012, the CBZ released circa 10% seed cotton levy paid by cotton farmers to CAZ for its farmer extension services. It is a possibility, that CAZ will receive support from the Smallholder Agribusiness Promotional Programme (SAPP).

In addition, CAZ has obtained commitments from ADSP, AgriCord and ZDA to support the building and operation of farmer-owned/controlled ginning facility and other value added operations facilitated but not run by CAZ.

In light of the above, CAZ has decided to develop the CAZ Programme Plan 2014-2018 document, that will include all CAZ activities and which takes into account member contributions, levies, and support from different organisations, such as SCC, Agriterra and others.

Section 2 presents a context analysis of the Zambia cotton sector with particular emphasis on smallholder cotton farmer development opportunities.

Section 3 provides a CAZ organisation description and its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

Section 4 provides the actual CAZ programme focus for the period 2014-2018 and includes outcomes and result management, implementation arrangement, work-plan, monitoring issues, factors ensuring sustainability and budgets.

Finally, in Section 5 a risk management matrix presents a risk analysis for the CAZ Programme Plan 2014-2018.