Field Trips for BCI Members

Join us for a chance to visit cotton farms, ginners, and other actors at the source of cotton production. Six locations around the world will offer different agendas and registration options. In most cases, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation at a central location where the field trip will begin. Ground transportation and other logistics will be provided by the BCI field trip organiser.

If you have any questions, please send us an email.



20 – 22 November 2017: India

Hosted by BCI staff

We are offering a comprehensive tour to give you a chance to visit cotton farms, ginners, and other actors at the source of Better Cotton production. Participants will receive the most thorough explanation of the BCI standard and the cotton farming system in India. You’ll also get to learn about how Better Cotton is grown, harvested, and ginned, and you’ll have an opportunity to see cotton at the farm level.

Accommodation will be organised by BCI, but travel must be arranged by attendees. Read the detailed agenda and background information.


20 – 22 November 2017


Indore, Madhya Pradesh


€100.00 per attendee. BCI will provide lunch and transportation.


Register here.

Following online registration, we will email you an invoice for your participation.

December 2017: Mozambique

Hosted by BCI staff


December 2017, exact dates coming soon


Coming soon

Registration Link

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Past Field Trips

China Field Trip – Wei County, Hebei Province, China

21 September 2017 – hosted by BCI staff

Weixian, an important and major cotton growing county, is located in the southeast of Hebei province. The planting area for cotton in this region is about 40,000 ha, which accounts for 50% of China’s total cotton cultivation. CottonConnect is the implementing partner for this BCI project and they have been working on a sustainable cotton project (REEL cotton) in Weixian since 2013. This was converted to a BCI project in May, 2015. Currently, they are working with 3,000 smallholder farmers in 30 villages. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

Turkey Field Trip – Izmir to Sake Region, Turkey

21 – 22 September 2017 – hosted by IPUD

This field trip met in Izmir, Turkey, at 8:30am at IPUD’s Offices. BCI arranged the logistics for this visit with guests traveling to the Söke Region (150 km from Izmir) with a full day of visiting cotton fields, ginning and spinning facilities. The following day included a morning factory visit to Denizli-Menderes Tekstil. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

USA Field Trip – Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, USA

13 October 2017 – hosted by BCI staff

BCI partnered with Textile Exchange for an official TExursion following the 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference in Washington D.C. Attendees for this BCI field trip visited nearby farms and were taken on a gin tour. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

USA Field Trip – San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, USA

24 October 2017 – co-hosted by Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP) and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

BCI and SCP hosted a one-day field trip through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. Guests met cotton farmers, saw cotton being harvested and learnt about Cleaner Cotton™. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

Pakistan Field Trip – Lahore, Pakistan

26 October 2017 – hosted by BCI staff

Guests of the BCI Pakistan Regional Member Meeting travelled to Chichawatni (200km from Lahore) for a full day of visiting cotton fields and a cotton gin. BCI Regional Member Meeting information can be found here.