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Partnering to Scale Sustainable Cotton Farming Practices: Q&A with C&A Foundation

Published Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

The challenges with producing and sourcing raw materials, including cotton, are complex and they cannot be addressed by single actors. Partnerships are crucial in order to create transformation and develop systems which are inclusive, fair and sustainable. C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation created to transform the fashion industry. Anita...read more




Key Study Highlights Early Impacts of BCI on Smallholder Cotton Farmers in India

Published Thursday, September 19th, 2019

BCI Farmers in southern India are adopting Better Cotton Principles at high rates, according to a key study that enables the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to improve our impact potential throughout the region and beyond. You can access BCI’s Management Response on the Results and Impacts page. The three-year independent impact study, ‘read more




WWF-India Improves Access to Technology for Tens of Thousands of Cotton Farmers

Published Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Cotton is a major cash crop in the Jalna district of Maharastra, India, but cotton farmers there can experience numerous challenges. Frequent drought and extended dry spells, along with complex geological conditions make accessing water difficult. These issues coupled with recent pink bollworm (an insect known for being a pest in cotton...read more




BCI Outlines Step-Change on Impact Measurement

Published Monday, September 2nd, 2019

*This article was originally published in the July 2019 print issue of Apparel Insider magazine. In the last issue of Apparel Insider, the cover story focused on the need for better data to compare cotton production methods. Here, Kendra Pasztor, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at BCI outlines what BCI is doing on these...read more




Ten Years of Transformation: BCI Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Published Friday, August 9th, 2019

This year the Better Cotton Initiative celebrates its 10th anniversary! To mark this special year, we invite you to explore BCI’s first decade through an interactive timeline which celebrates the milestones that enabled BCI to evolve into the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Today, BCI is supported by more than 1,600 read more




Highlights from the 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference

Published Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Over 300 representatives from across the cotton supply chain – from farmers to retailers and brands – met in Shanghai on 12 and 13 June for the 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference. The conference, hosted by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), brought the sector together to collaborate on a more sustainable future for cotton. Here...read more




Accelerating and Scaling Sustainability in Cotton Production: Q&A with IDH

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) is an international development organisation accelerating and scaling sustainability across a number of commodities – from cotton and cocoa to palm oil and paper. IDH has been instrumental in the Better Cotton Initiative’s (BCI) growth, providing the initial funding that enabled the scale-up of...read more




Reaching and Training 930,000 Cotton Farmers Across Africa: Q&A with Aid by Trade Foundation

Published Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Image credit: Martin J. Kielmann for Aid by Trade Foundation | CmiA farmers, 2019. In the 2017-18 cotton season, more than 930,000 farmers across Africa produced approximately 560,000 metric tonnes of cotton certified in accordance with Aid by Trade Foundation’s (AbTF) Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) standard – accounting for roughly 37%...read more




Utilising Technology to Overcome Cotton Growing Challenges: Q&A with Cotton Australia

Published Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Cotton growers producing cotton in line with the Australian cotton industry’s myBMP programme have been able to sell their cotton as Better Cotton since 2014, when BCI recognised myBMP as an equivalent sustainability standard. By 2018, Better Cotton represented 22% of Australia’s cotton lint. Here, Brooke Summers, Supply Chain Consultant...read more




Improving Cotton Farmers’ Knowledge and Skills in India: Q&A with Lupin Foundation

Published Friday, May 24th, 2019

Lupin Foundation has been a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) field-level partner – Implementing Partner – since 2017. In the 2017-18 cotton season, the foundation began training 12,000 cotton farmers on more sustainable farming practices in line with the Better Cotton Principles and Criteria. Within one year, Lupin Foundation has rapidly...read more




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