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Better Cotton: Did You Know?

Published Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Did you know that Brazil produced the largest volumes of Better Cotton in the 2018-19 cotton season and that India had the greatest number of licensed BCI Farmers? In our new Better Cotton Country Snapshots, we focus in on each country where Better Cotton is grown and explore the successes, challenges and key changes that occurred in the...read more




Celebrating and Sharing Field-Level Innovations

Published Friday, June 26th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative works with on-the-ground Implementing Partners everywhere Better Cotton is grown. In the 2018-19 cotton season, our partners delivered training and capacity building to 2.3 million cotton farmers around the world. As partners have a deep understanding of local farming, environmental and social contexts, they are...read more




Who Does BCI Reach Through Its Programmes?

Published Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The Better Cotton Standard System is BCI’s holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. Farmers, farm workers, and their families — whose livelihoods depend on growing cotton — are the main beneficiaries of BCI Programmes on sustainable farming...read more




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

Published 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 least 18 months. I shall come back to that mid-term outlook in a later blog...read more




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

Published Wednesday, May 20th, 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 deal with Covid-19 challenges. AM: The cotton season in India is about...read more




Cotton Farming and Covid-19: On the Ground in China

Published Friday, May 15th, 2020

In our new Q&A series, we interview BCI Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) who are supporting BCI Farmers and farming communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first Q&A, we speak with partners in India: On-The-Ground in India.  Next up, we speak with partners in China. read more




Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC) cotton farmers. Gujarat, India. 2019.

Cotton Farming and Covid-19: On the Ground in India

Published Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

In our new Q&A series, we interview BCI Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) who are supporting BCI Farmers and farming communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first Q&A, we speak with three partners in India. Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation Tell us how Lupin Foundation has...read more




New Blog Series from BCI CEO: Covid-19 and the Cotton Sector

Published Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Over the coming months, Alan McClay, Better Cotton Initiative CEO, will be sharing thoughts and insights through a blog series about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cotton farming communities and the sector as a whole. Now, more than ever, the cotton and textile sector must come together to support one another and share the burden so...read more




Earth Day 2020: Helping BCI Farmers to Adopt Sustainable Practices in the Face of Climate Change

Published Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Today is Earth Day 2020, and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight how BCI and our on-the-ground partners are supporting more than 2.5 million cotton farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, existing challenges are intensified, leaving farmers and farm workers more at risk and further...read more




A Diverse Approach Is Key to Assessing BCI’s Field-Level Results and Impact

Published Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) works with on-the-ground partners to train millions of cotton farmers around the world, supporting them to implement more sustainable farming practices which protect and restore the environment, while also improving their livelihoods. To ensure our programmes are making a difference, we are committed to...read more




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