Better Cotton 2017 Annual Report Reveals Better Cotton Accounts for 14% of Global Cotton Production

Launched last week at the BCI Global Cotton Conference in Brussels, the BCI 2017 Annual Report reveals thatBetter Cotton now accounts for 14% of global cotton production, a 2% increase on 2016.

The Annual Report celebrates the achievements of BCI Farmers, partners, members and stakeholders from around the world, as we strive together to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.

In the 2016-2017 cotton season, 1.3 million licensed BCI Farmers in 21 countries produced 3.3 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint, enabling a record-level of more sustainably produced cotton to enter the global supply chain.

Annual Report highlights:

  • Take a tour around the globe and meet three people at the heart of more sustainable cotton production. From challenging gender inequality to implementing innovative sustainable farming practices, experience cotton production from the perspectives of BCI Farmers and Implementing Partners in Mozambique, Pakistan and China.
  • Learn about BCI’s global reach in the Global Harvest Report section, which provides global and country-level figures, plus updates on the Better Cotton Standard System.
  • Hear first-hand from BCI Partners and Members’ – Alliance for Water Stewardship, GAP Inc. and Spectrum International – as they speak about their involvement in the “Stakeholder Q&A’s and Podcasts’ feature.
  • Understand the BCI funding model and investment mechanisms, as highlighted in the “Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund’ and “Financial Footprint’ sections of the report.

Explore the complete BCI 2017 Annual Report on the interactive report microsite. A PDF version is available for download.

Thank you to all of our committed stakeholders, who, by supporting and participating in BCI, are developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity and driving change.

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CottonConnect China win 2014 Stories from the Field competition.

”As long as you are here, I don’t face any challenges.” These are the words of Reheman Yibulayin, a BCI Farmer working with BCI Implementing Partner CottonConnect in China. His story about reducing input costs and improved yields is the winner of our annual Stories from the Field competition for Implementing Partners.

BCI Implementing Partners are crucial to the BCI model. They are the organisations who work most closely with cotton farmers, helping them to grow and sell Better Cotton. Working both directly with farmers and to train trainers, they carry out capacity-building work so that farmers can implement the Better Cotton Production Principles and Criteria, as well as collecting field-level data. This Partnership model expands BCI’s reach and enables scale-up which is critical to achieving the ultimate goal: Better Cotton as a more sustainable mainstream commodity. Every year, BCI runs a competition inviting Partners to relay stories of activities being implemented in the field, and the effect these activities have on individuals and producer communities.

This year’s competition winner, CottonConnect, have been an Implementing Partner of BCI’s since 2010 and are working with BCI on projects in China and India. A pioneering organisation with a social purpose, CottonConnect’s purpose is delivering business benefits to retailers and brands by connecting more sustainable cotton supply chains. They work across the whole supply chain from farm to finished garment, creating transparency, reducing risk and increasing security of supply for buyers.

Click here to read Reheman’s story in full on page 26 of our 2013 Harvest report or to read more farmer’s stories, go to the Stories from the Field page of our website by clicking here.

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