The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is an autonomous intergovernmental financial institution established within the framework of the United Nations. The Agreement Establishing the Common Fund for Commodities was negotiated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1976 to 1980 and became effective in 1989. The first commodity development project was approved in 1991.
The Governing Council consists of the representatives of CFC’s Member States. It meets annually, and is attended by Member States and Institutional Members, together with observers representing intergovernmental organizations.
The Consultative Committee, composed of 9 independent experts, on technical and economic aspects of projects submitted to the Fund, is an advisory body for the Executive Board. The Consultative Committee meets twice a year.
CFC has 101 Member States and 9 Institutional Members
Membership of the Fund is open to all States Members of the United Nations or any of its specialised agencies, or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and intergovernmental organisations of regional economic integration which exercise competence in the fields of activity of the Fund.
The Common Fund’s partnership with the OPEC Fund for International Development is historic and dates back to the very inception of the Fund. The OPEC Fund not only facilitated and paid capital subscription for as many as 37 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) but continues to make contributions under “Framework of Financial Support” towards CFC’s commodity development projects for the least developed countries and poorer strata in other developing countries.
The Kingdom of Norway and the European Commission have been supportive of the Fund and have sponsored capital contribution of 9 and 3 countries respectively.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands: A Trust Fund arrangement set up by the Netherlands Ministry for Development Cooperation to support CFC projects with co-financing contributions for the Five Year Action Plan.
In 2020, our focus has been on new activities which are aligned with the CFC’s vision of the role of commodities as the foundation of the economic development for the poor. We continue to target critical weaknesses along the value chains affecting the smallholder producers, which enables us to achieve visible results with maximum efficiency. This also helps us to prioritize innovative projects with high development impact and replicability as well as financial sustainability. Given our work in a financially high-risk SMEs/smallholders communities, CFC always remain on the lookout for external support so that in can continue to invest in communities that others find too risky to invest.