The New cotton CAP Reform signed in 2004 entered into effect in January 2006. This reform represents a radical change as support is disconnected from production and decoupled payments are introduced. In spite of the thoroughness in formatting the new CAP Reform, it is hard to argue that it is perfect and will not require future amendments. Thus, a thorough contemplation of the consequences of CAP reform is required, notably in the cotton case, as new changes seem eminent both for internal and external reasons. _The implementation of the New CAP reform will have great implications for producers and processors of cotton products in certain EU regions whose economies are deeply depending upon cotton production. To ease implications, a careful monitoring, evaluation and adjustment is required. _The EU Cotton Policy is under critique by African cotton producing countries since the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Canc?n in September 2003. The EU international commitments within WTO clearly call upon new criteria to be taken into account in CAP's implementation and evolution. Apart from the change in allocating income support to its farmers, EU retains also governance principles based upon the participative approach by further involving sector stakeholders and on the other hand, EU retains the contribution from researchers to provide scientifically-based policy orientation. The global objective of the proposed project is to assess the impacts of cotton CAP reform and the future of the sector through promoting a participatory and scientific approach. This global objective depends on the completion of three interconnected specific objectives: 1.Launching a self-sustained national process of interaction among producers, consumers and stakeholders on EU Cotton Policy. 2.Contributing to international mutual understanding on cotton production; in particular between Europe and African. 3.Setting up a cotton sector specific research network of socio-economic issues.
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