Field Trips for BCI Members

BCI hosts annual field trips to China, India, Pakistan, Turkey and the USA – creating an open and transparent space where members can meet directly with licensed BCI Farmers and Implementing Partners. BCI Farmers and Implementing Partners have a platform to highlight the successes and challenges of more sustainable cotton production, and members are able to see first-hand the sustainable practices that are being implemented on the ground.

Join us for the opportunity to visit cotton farms, gins, spinning mills and other actors at the source of cotton production. The field trip agendas are tailored to the specific regions and may vary between locations. In most cases, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Ground transportation and other logistics will be provided by the BCI Field Trip organiser.

BCI Field Trip opportunities for the 2018 season are below. 2019 dates will be released shortly.

If you have any questions please get in touch with us via our contact form.

Past BCI Field Trips 2018
BCI US Field Trip and US Meeting: 13 – 14 September, 2018

Date: 13 – 14 September 2018

Location: Lubbock, Texas, USA

On Thursday, you are invited to join BCI for a visit to a West Texas cotton farm and gin. During the tour you will have the opportunity to learn about local cotton production and the implementation of the Better Cotton Standard System in the US.

On Friday, BCI will host its annual 2018 US Meeting, which will provide you with updates about BCI’s progress in the US and around the world. You will have the opportunity to network with BCI Members from across the cotton supply chain. Non-members are also welcome to attend.

Price: $55 USD per person for Field Trip and complimentary attendance to the US Meeting.

Register here.

BCI China Field Trip: 25 – 28 September, 2018

Date: 25 – 28 September 2018

Location: Korla, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China

During the BCI Field Trip in Korla, you will:

  • Visit cotton fields to explore cotton production and the implementation of the Better Cotton Standard
  • Speak with local licensed BCI Farmers and experience the changes in field
  • Visit a local cotton gin
  • Meet with representatives from retailers, brands and textile companies.

If you would like to attend, please email joyce.liu@bettercotton.org for further details (before 20 August). Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 20 people on this trip and the maximum number of participants from each organisation is two. Slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

BCI Pakistan Field Trip: 10 October, 2018

Date: 10 October 2018

Location: Matiari, Pakistan

We are delighted to invite you to the BCI Pakistan Field Trip 2018. This Field Trip will allow you to interact with BCI Farmers while learning how the Better Cotton Standard System is implemented at field-level, and how its having a positive impact on farmer livelihoods. You will also have the opportunity to visit a nearby ginning factory to see how ginners implement the Better Cotton Chain of Custody.

If you would like to attend, please email ahtisham.uddin@bettercotton.org for further details (before 2 October, 2018). Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 20 people on this trip and the maximum number of participants from each organisation is two. Slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Price: 40 USD or 5,000 PKR per participant. This fee can be paid locally in Pakistan.

 

BCI India Field Trip: 27 – 29 November 2018

Date: 27 – 29 November, 2018

Location: Wardha, Maharashtra, India

We invite our BCI Members to join us on a comprehensive BCI Field Trip to Maharashtra, India. Participants will visit cotton farms and meet licensed BCI Farmers, ginners and other actors at the source of Better Cotton production. Participants will receive a thorough explanation of the Better Cotton Standard System, cotton farming in India, and the journey cotton takes from field to end product. You’ll also learn about how Better Cotton is grown, harvested, and ginned, and you’ll have an opportunity to see cotton growing in the field.

You can find further details and registration details here.

Past BCI Field Trips 2017

China Field Trip – Wei County, Hebei Province, China

21 September 2017 – hosted by BCI staff

Weixian, an important and major cotton growing county, is located in the southeast of Hebei province. The planting area for cotton in this region is about 40,000 ha, which accounts for 50% of China’s total cotton cultivation. CottonConnect is the implementing partner for this BCI project and they have been working on a sustainable cotton project (REEL cotton) in Weixian since 2013. This was converted to a BCI project in May, 2015. Currently, they are working with 3,000 smallholder farmers in 30 villages. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

Turkey Field Trip – Izmir to Sake Region, Turkey

21 – 22 September 2017 – hosted by IPUD

This field trip met in Izmir, Turkey, at 8:30am at IPUD’s Offices. BCI arranged the logistics for this visit with guests traveling to the Söke Region (150 km from Izmir) with a full day of visiting cotton fields, ginning and spinning facilities. The following day included a morning factory visit to Denizli-Menderes Tekstil. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

USA Field Trip – Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, USA

13 October 2017 – hosted by BCI staff

BCI partnered with Textile Exchange for an official TExursion following the 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference in Washington D.C. Attendees for this BCI field trip visited nearby farms and were taken on a gin tour. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

USA Field Trip – San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, USA

24 October 2017 – co-hosted by Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP) and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

BCI and SCP hosted a one-day field trip through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. Guests met cotton farmers, saw cotton being harvested and learnt about Cleaner Cotton™. Read the detailed agenda and background information.

Pakistan Field Trip – Lahore, Pakistan

26 October 2017 – hosted by BCI staff

This field trip took place the day after the BCI Pakistan Regional Members’ Meeting.  Attendees travelled to Chichawatni (200km from Lahore) for a full day of visiting cotton fields and a cotton gin.

India Field Trip – Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

20 – 22 November 2017 – Hosted by BCI staff

BCI offered a comprehensive tour of cotton farms, ginners, and other actors at the source of Better Cotton production. Participants received the most thorough explanation of the Better Cotton Standard and the cotton farming system in India. Participants also learnt about how Better Cotton is grown, harvested, and ginned. Read the details agenda and background information here.