Bringing Communities Together to Celebrate Women

In Pakistan, our six Implementing Partners — our trusted, like-minded partners on the ground — currently reach 140 female BCI Farmers and 117,500 female farm workers (workers are defined as people who work on cotton farms but do not own the farm and are not the main decision makers) in the Punjab and Sindh provinces.

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WWF and IKEA Release Better Cotton Project Report

BCI are pleased to share the results of an inspiring collaboration between two of our most active members.

WWF and IKEA are both founding members of BCI, and have always been fundamental in supporting our efforts to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. In 2005, WWF and IKEA started collaborating on joint projects in India and Pakistan, and have recently released an inspiring “progress report’. The report outlines the partnership history and story so far, and details 2013 project results including reduced usage of chemical pesticides, chemical fertilisers and water, along with improved earnings and social benefits for workers.

Through BCI, and supported by our partners and members including WWF and IKEA, 193,000 farmers in India and Pakistan are now using cotton farming techniques that are better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.

Click here to read the full report.

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WWF Pakistan release Better Cotton Documentary

In October 2013, WWF commissioned a photographer and film crew to capture some stunning video and photos of the cotton workers and producers of Pakistan. Their voices tell the story of how BCI and WWF have together helped them to change the way they work with cotton, and ultimately how this has improved their lives. WWF have released this short documentary ‘Better Cotton: from farmers to retailers’, which is now available on their blog with accompanying article and insightful report by clicking here.

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