DNFI Steering Committee Meeting 2024

(Updated: January 6, 2024)

DNFI invites its members and all supporters of natural fibres from around the world to its Annual Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting will be held in hybrid format on Wednesday 10th January 2024 between 15:00 and 17:30 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany at the offices of the German Textile Industry Association IVGT. All members are invited to attend, either in person or virtually (Registration is required).

The 2024 Meeting will feature reports on natural fibre production, value and employment, macroeconomic trends influencing fibre prices, factors affecting trade in natural fibres, and an ensuing discussion on emerging developments in markets for natural fibres of which producers should be aware.


14:30 Arriving of Attendees at IVGT offices
14:45 Virtual Attendees log on (The MS Teams link will be sent to the registered participants.)

15:00 Welcome: Elke Hortmeyer, Chair of DNFI, Director Communication Bremer Baumwollbörse

Introduction of Ms Amelie Pörschmann, winner of the 2023 DNFI Innovation Award.

Global Overview
World natural fiber production, value and employment: Dr. Terry Townsend, Cotton Analytics, Houston, USA
World Economic Outlook and Implications for Fibre Markets: Dr. Dawit Mekonnen, John Baffes, The World Bank
Natural Fibre Activities in FAO, El Mamoun Amrouk, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Natural Fibres Reports
Cotton: USDA 10-year projections, Graham Soley, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS)
Flax/Linen: Trends in Production and use, Damien Durand, Alliance for European Flax/Linen and Hemp
Hemp: Trends in production and use, Francesco Mirrizi, European Industrial Hemp Association
Jute: Production overview South America and Asia, Thomas Bressler, Wilhelm G. Clasen GmbH & Co. KG
Sisal: Factors influencing trade and production, Oliver Reimer-Wollenweber, Wilhelm G. Clasen GmbH & Co. KG
Wool: Trends in production and use, Dalena White, International Wool Textile Organisation
Q&A, Discussion

DNFI Business Meeting
Election of Officers
Calendar of DNFI Activities for 2023
DNFI Web site: Report Stefan Schmidt and discussion, suggestions for change, improvement
Date of the 2025 DNFI meeting
Any other business

17:30 Adjourn

Date: 10. January 2024

Time: 15:00 to 17:30 CET (Central European Time)

Place: Mainzer Landstr. 55, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Download Agenda: Agenda Annual DNFI Meeting 2024 (Updated: December 13 2023)