- Better Cotton aims to support 200,000 cotton farmers across the country in the first five years.
- The Professional Association of Cotton Companies of Côte d’Ivoire (APROCOT-CI) will oversee the deployment of resources and upskilling of farming communities, helping improve the environment and their economic outlook.
- Better Cotton earlier this year convened a multistakeholder network in the city of Abidjan to discuss sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the agriculture sector in Côte d’Ivoire.
Better Cotton has announced the opening of a new programme in Côte d’Ivoire and committed to supporting 200,000 domestic cotton farmers in its first five years.
The new field-level programme will offer training and resources to farming communities across the country, a first step towards helping them produce more sustainable cotton.
The Professional Association of Cotton Companies of Côte d’Ivoire (APROCOT-CI) will serve as Better Cotton’s Strategic Partner for Côte d’Ivoire, overseeing efforts to improve the climate resilience and economic outlook of farming communities.
APROCOT-CI represents the interests of cotton companies across the country, from farms to gins, and comprises six member organisations: CIDT, Ivoire Coton, Global Cotton SA, CO.I.C-SA, SICOSA 2.0, and Seco SA. These organisations will serve as Better Cotton Programme Partners, providing training and resources to cotton communities to enable social and environmental improvements.
APROCOT-CI submitted a Declaration of Interest to Better Cotton last year, outlining national interest in starting a Better Cotton programme. In March of this year, Better Cotton hosted a multistakeholder event in the city of Abidjan to understand the scope for impact ahead of opening a programme.
Better Cotton is committed to building upon its presence across Africa to enable smallholder farmers to mitigate climate change and adopt a continuous improvement approach to sustainable agricultural practice. With a membership network spanning farm to retailer and brand level, Better Cotton is strategically positioned to meet supply with increasing demand.