Helping Farmers Promote Decent Work

All workers have the right to decent work – work that offers fair pay, security and equal opportunities for learning and progression, in an environment where people feel safe, respected, and able to express their concerns or negotiate better conditions.

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Turkey’s 2015 Harvest Report Released

Today, BCI releases the 2015 Harvest Report for Turkey and is excited to announce that BCI Farmers achieved 26% higher profits versus Comparison Farmers despite the continued rise of prices for fertilisers, pesticides and fuel. The Harvest Report can be accessed through an interactive map on the BCI website and details the results that Turkish BCI Farmers achieved as well as contextual factors from the latest harvest.

Highlights from the report include:

  • 7% higher yields despite unpredictable weather patterns;
  • Improved awareness of fertiliser best management practices;
  • 12% lesspesticide usage; and
  • A large majority of farmers possessing an advanced awareness about child labour issues.

Better Cotton is sown and harvested in different annual cycles across the world, which means that harvest data becomes available from different regions throughout the calendar year. When a country’s harvest results are finalised, they will be released on the 2015 Harvest Report map on an ongoing basis.

The next Harvest Report to be released will be Mozambique.

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IPUD, Better Cotton Partner in Turkey, join the ICA

BCI’s Strategic Partner in Turkey, the Good Cotton Practices Association (IPUD), has become a member of the International Cotton Association (ICA). The ICA are the world’s leading international cotton trade association and arbitral body. IPUD’s membership will work to strengthen the ICA’s reach in it’s mission of “protecting the legitimate interests of all those who trade cotton, whether buyer or seller.’

Established in 2013, IPUD is the organisation responsible for the implementation of Better Cotton Standard System and the production of Better Cotton in Turkey. IPUD is also focused on creating Better Cotton supply and demand in Turkey and along with its diverse membership base – which includes farmers, ginners, agricultural sales unions, manufacturers, civil society organisations and other industry actors -works across the sectorto transform Turkish cotton into a sustainable mainstream commodity.

Corin Wood-Jones, BCI Partnership Manager says: ”Having recently taken up a position on the Board of the ICA, it gives BCI great pride to see one of our Strategic Partners embrace the ICA’s values of promotingfair trading practices. Sincebeing established, IPUD has continued to go from strength to strength, and this alliance will help to further ensure that the Better Cotton from Turkey flows through the supply chain within a safe and transparent trading environment.”

In 2013, 280 BCI Farmers cultivated the first Better Cotton to be produced in Turkey, between them producing 13,000 metric tonnes of Better Cotton.

To read more about Better Cotton in Turkey, click here. For ICA’s own announcement about IPUD membership, click here

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Better Cotton in Turkey Reaches New Level of Recognition

Better Cotton in Turkey has taken a significant step forwards in the signing of a strategic partnership agreement between the Good Cotton Practices Association (IPUD) and BCI. Founded in September 2013 as part of an ongoing effort to establish Turkey as a region for Better Cotton production, IPUD will be the stewards of Better Cotton activities in Turkey, supported by the BCI Secretariat. With the signing of the agreement IPUD commit to taking significant leadership in the implementation of the Better Cotton standard amongst Turkish cotton industry actors .

Having worked closely with the Turkish cotton sector since 2011, BCI will report on the first 2013 harvest of Better Cotton later this year. This is an innovative transition model for the implementation of Better Cotton in a country, and represents a substantial mutual opportunity to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of producing Better Cotton.

 

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