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

Published Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Coronavirus Update BCI works with Strategic Partner İyi Pamuk Uygulamaları Derneği (IPUD), three Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) and more than 3,000 BCI Farmers* in Turkey. Implementing Partner training has transitioned to an online platform so that field staff who deliver training...read more




Covid-19 and the Cotton Sector: Covid-19 Through a Gender Lens

Published Thursday, August 27th, 2020

By Alan McClay, BCI CEO Any world crisis with social, economic and political global repercussions hits the most vulnerable groups hardest, including women and girls. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown this reality into stark relief, heightening existing inequalities, financial insecurity and even violence against women. Reports of domestic...read more




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

Published Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Coronavirus Update BCI works with six Implementing Partners and more than 360,000 BCI Farmers in Pakistan. BCI Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) are supporting BCI Farmers through the pandemic by reaching out and raising awareness of Covid-19 amongst farming communities, distributing...read more




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

Published Friday, July 31st, 2020

Coronavirus Update BCI works with two Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) and 54,326 licensed BCI Farmers in Mali. To help farmers overcome Covid-19 challenges, BCI’s Implementing Partners are working closely with them to help increase their yields, reduce costs and improve fibre quality,...read more




175,000 Smallholder BCI Farmers in India Receive Covid-19 Insurance

Published Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

In India, through its partners, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) trained 828,820 cotton farmers on more sustainable agricultural practices in the 2018-19 cotton season. It is these farmers — many of whom are smallholders living from one harvest to the next — along with farm workers and their communities, whose livelihoods depend on cotton...read more




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




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