Membership in the ICAC provides tangible benefits in the form of increased access to statistics and critical technical information provided by the Secretariat. Membership can lead to enhanced participation in collaborative interactions in cotton research and development. And, perhaps most importantly, membership provides the avenue for a country's government and cotton industry to join fully into the fraternity of cotton countries in discussions of cotton issues of international scope and significance.
The ICAC is an association of 26 members with an interest in cotton. The ICAC, formed in 1939, is the only intergovernmental body for cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. There are currently nine members of the Secretariat originating from eight different countries — Belarus, Colombia, France, Great Britain, India, Russia, Spain and USA — who work together from one office in Washington.