African Groundnut Council

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The African Groundnut Council is an Intergovernmental organization designed to promote groundnuts produced in the countries of the Gambia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, the Sudan and Nigeria.


Founded in June 1964, the AGC was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from its founding until 2005, when it moved to Kano. It moved in 2005 due to lobbying by the Groundnut Farmers Association of Nigeria. The first executive secretary of the organization was Jacques Diouf.

The setting up of AGC was intended to promote economic cooperation and discuss common problems such as commodity pricing among African producers, it also acts as a common marketing, research and publicity body for its members.[1] Governments of producing countries at the turn of independence received a significant percentage of national income and foreign exchange receipts from groundnut. The AGC was initiated to help establish cooperative action to stabilise prices and advance producer interest in the international commodity markets.


  1. ^ Groundnut Producers' Lagos Meeting. The Financial Times (London, England),Wednesday, June 29, 1966; pg. 2

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