Governing and Statutory Bodies Web site
Title Intergovernmental Group on Hard Fibres
Code EST-720
Sessions and documents

View documents of the Intergovernmental Group on Hard Fibres

Legal Framework

Established by the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) at its Fortieth Session (1966).

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the First Session. Amended in 1996 and 2000.


Category Cat. 1

To provide a forum for consultation on and studies of the economic aspects of production, local processing, marketing, trade and consumption of abaca, sisal, henequen and other hard fibres, individually, and as a group. To study marketing practices and their improvement; to consider the causes of disequilibrium between production and consumption, including competition with synthetics and the development of new uses; to consider, implement and monitor measures to deal with special difficulties which may exist or may be expected to arise. Coir has since been added to the list of hard fibres falling within these terms of reference.

Secretary Mr Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, EST

Open to all Member Nations and Associate Members that are substantially interested in the production or consumption of, and trade in, hard fibres. Interested non-Member Nations of FAO that are Members of the United Nations, any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency, may be admitted to Membership by the FAO Council.

Chairperson Prof Chen Wanquan (China) (2019)
Languages English, French and Spanish
Document symbol CCP:HF
Division Trade and Markets Division (EST)
Contact information/email

[email protected]

Web site

Jute and Hard Fibres

First Session September 1966
Pattern of sessions 1966, 1967, 1972, 1973 (twice), 1974, 1975 (twice), 1976 (twice), 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017
Subsidiary Bodies

Sub-Group of Sisal and Henequen Producing Countries (EST-731)
Open to Member Nations producing sisal and henequen


Subsidiary Body of the Committee on Commodity Problems.

The IGG on Jute and the IGG on Hard Fibres have been holding joint meetings since 1996.