Cotton is a major cash crop in the Jalna district of Maharastra, India, but cotton farmers there can experience numerous challenges. Frequent drought and extended dry spells, along with complex geological conditions make accessing water difficult.Read more
The Better Cotton Initiative has worked with field-level partner, WWF Pakistan, for a decade to help farmers produce cotton in a more sustainable way.Read more
This year BCI turns 10 years old.Over the course of the year,we will be publishing a series of articles, with input from key stakeholders who have been influential throughout BCI’s first decade – from partners, to civil society organisations, to retailers and brands.Read more
How BCI Decent Work Training Influenced a Farmer in Pakistan to Send His Son Back to SchoolRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more