Markets and trade

Oilcrop projects

In 1991, the Intergovernmental Group on Oilseeds, Oils and Fats (IGGOOF) was designated by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) as International Commodity Body (ICB) responsible for the formulation,appraisal and supervision of projects on oilseeds, oils and meals. Since 1991, the Group has endorsed 17 projects worth almost US$ 49 million, located in Africa, Asia & Pacific, and Latin America & Caribbean.

The crops and commodities covered include oil palm, palm oil, palmkernel oil, coconut palm, coconut oil, groundnut, wild arachis, sheanut kernel & butter, jatropha & rapeseed oil, olive oil and sesame seed.


Main features


Improving small-scale palm oil and palmkernel oil mills

Location: West Africa
Overall budget: US$ 187,000
Duration: 1 year

completed in 1996

Improving the small-scale extraction of coconut oil

Location: Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Ghana
PEA: Natural Resources Institute, U.K.
Overall budget: US$ 2,870,000
Duration: 4 years

completed in 1998

Conservation, evaluation and dissemination of groundnut germplasm & production and distribution of foundation seed in the West African region

Location: Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Nigeria
Overall budget: US$ 4,770,000
Duration: 5 years

completed in 2002

Expert consultation on sustainable coconut production through the control of lethal yellowing disease

Location: Jamaica
PEA: Jamaican Coconut Industry Board
Overall budget: US$ 67,405

implemented in 2002

Regional workshop on sheanut/karité processing and trade in Africa

Location: Senegal
Overall budget: US$ 94,000

implemented in 2002

Preservation of wild arachis in South America

Location: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, India
Overall budget: US$ 5,030,000
Duration: 5 years

completed in 2003

Coconut germplasm utilization and conservation to promote sustainable coconut production

Location: Benin, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, Tanzania, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, W. Samoa, Vanuatu 
Overall budget: US$ 3,570,000
Duration: 5 years  

completed in 2005

Coconut integrated pest management

Location: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, PNG, Samoa, Tanzania
Overall budget: 1,467,500
Duration: 3 years

completed in 2007

Development of sustainable groundnut seed systems in West Africa

Location: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal
Overall budget: US$ 3,054,278
Duration: 4 years

completed in 2007

Improving product quality and market access for shea butter originating from Sub-Saharan Africa

Location: Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal
Overall budget: US$ 3,225,312
Duration: 3 year

completed in 2008

Control of coconut lethal yellowing disease

Location: Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras
PEA: Jamaican Coconut Industry Board
Overall budget: US$ 4,773,000
Duration: 5 years (plus extension)

completed in 2012

Production of jatropha and rapeseed and commercialization of their oil as substitutes for diesel fuel in public transportation

Location: Peru, Honduras
PEA: Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, DED
Overall budget: US$ 3,343,800
Duration: 3 years (plus extension)

completed in 2013

Improving the income generating potential of the oil palm in the West and Central African region

Location: Cameroon, Nigeria
Overall budget: US$ 4,656,040
Duration: 4 years

completed in 2016

Creation of a pilot demonstration plant and training to improve olive oil quality in Latin America

Location: Argentina
PEA: BERCI International
Overall budget: US$ 2,137,078
Duration: 4 years

completed in 2014

Improving the competitiveness of small scale oil palm farmers and production in Latin America and the Caribbean: bridging the yield gap

Location: Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela
Overall budget: US$ 3,847,314
Duration: 4 years

completed in 2014

Development of export-oriented sesame production & processing in Burkina Faso and Mali (including feasibility study and business plan preparation)

Location: Burkina Faso, Mali
PEA: Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands
Overall budget: US$ 3,089,982
Duration: 3 years

completed in 2014

Soybean development in Southern and Eastern Africa

Location: Malawi, Mozambique
Overall budget: US$ 2,790,562
Duration: 4 years

completed in 2016

Updated: June 2016