As both the world’s largest cotton producer and a major consumer of cotton, China is a key country for Better Cotton. Sustainable cotton production is a major challenge here, with 24 million farmers depending on cotton cultivation to earn a living and the environmental footprint this represents.
A BCI Representative Office was registered in Shanghai in May 2012 and is recognised in China as a Swiss Trade Association. This structure was chosen to help guarantee the success of Better Cotton in China.
Who grows Better Cotton?
In the 2016-17 season, 51,746 licensed BCI Farmers in China produced 932,000 metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint on 401,000 hectares. BCI Farmers in China are organised into large farms that are either renting land from the state or from rural collective economic organisation.
Who are BCI’s Implementing Partners in China?
BCI works with a number of Implementing Partners in China including: Solidaridad China; Cotton Connect China; Songzi Agriculture Technology Promotion Center; Binzhou Nongxi Cooperative; XPCC Cotton & Linen Trading Company.; Yuli Zhong Wang Industry and Trade Company; Guoxin Rural Technical Service Association; Xinjiang Luthai Fengshou Cotton Industry Company; Akesu Jintian Farm Company; Yuli County Zhongliang Cotton Company; HuaFu Top Dyed Melange Yarn Company; Shandong Huitong Textile Company;Xinjiang Taichang Industrial Company; Changzhou Keteng Textile Company
When is cotton grown in China?
In China, cotton is sown throughout the month of April and harvested from September to November.
Stories from the Field
Find out how a Chinese co-op in Xinjiang is helping more than 275 smallholder farmers to raise their yields and profits. Read more here.