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Western China Update: BCI is suspending its assurance activities in the Xinjiang region of China for the upcoming cotton season (2020-21) based on the recognition that the operating environment prevents credible assurance and licensing from being executed. BCI assurance activities for the last season finished in September. There will be no licensed Better Cotton from Xinjiang next season (2020-21). Learn more here.

News and Blog

Covid-19 and the Cotton Sector: Adapting and Innovating at Farm Level

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
By Alan McClay, BCI CEO Communities around the globe have been grappling with the Covid-19 shock and its immediate impacts. The after-effects and continued implications of the global pandemic will be felt for some time and the economic outlook appears challenging for at... Read More

Responding to the Covid-19 Crisis: Interview with Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF)

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
BCI CEO Alan McClay spoke with Chandrakant Kumbhani, General Manager at ACF, a BCI Implementing Partner in India, about how the foundation is working to not only ensure farmers receive training and support for the upcoming cotton season, but also to prepare and equip them to... Read More

Stories

Promoting Gender Equality: Female Farm-Worker in Pakistan Fulfils Her Dream of Economic Independence

Following her mother’s footsteps, Ruksana Kausar married a cotton farmer when she was young. Like many women in her community — where cotton communities farm the land to survive — Ruksana works hard on her family’s cotton farm, sowing seeds, weeding the fields and picking cotton amid the searing heat of Punjab.... Read More

BCI Farmers in India Form Their Own Farmer-Owned Collective and Improve Their Livelihoods

Balubhai Parmar is helping to lead an enterprising group of BCI Farmers who founded their own organisation — the Somnath Farmer Producer Organisation — putting themselves at the forefront of continuously improving their members’ performance.... Read More

Updates

Covid-19 Hub

In this hub, you will find up-to-date information about how BCI Farmers around the world have been impacted by the pandemic and what additional efforts BCI and our on-the-ground partners are taking to support them.... Read More

Moved to 2 - 4 March 2021 | Global Cotton Sustainability Conference

Given the current situation regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 and its global impact on health and travel, the 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference will now take place from 2 – 4 March 2021* in Lisbon, Portugal.... Read More