DNFI 2024 Steering Committee Reports

DNFI 2024 Steering Committee MinutesAs at every DNFI annual meeting, the members of the various natural fibre associations are invited to present an update on the current state of their respective markets.

The Global production of natural fibres is estimated to be around 31 million metric tonnes in 2023, a decrease of around one million tonnes compared to 2022. The average global production of natural fibres since 2005 has been 32 million tonnes. The highest level of global production of 35 million tonnes was reached in 2011, the lowest of 29 million tonnes in 2009. Coconut fibre production is the only natural fibre with an upward trend. The production of all other natural fibres is hovering around average values, with no statistically significant upward trend.

The added value of global production of natural fibres at farm level reached almost USD 60 billion in 2023. The value added of natural fibre production at farm level averaged USD 50 billion before Covid, but increased to around USD 80 billion in 2021 and USD 75 billion in 2022 due to increased prices of many fibres. In 2023, fibre prices tended to return to pre-Covid levels.

Between 40 and 50 million households worldwide are involved in the production of natural fibres. When seasonal work is taken into account, the total annual participation in natural fibre production is between 150 million and 200 million people, or 2-3% of the world’s population.

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