Pakistan is the fourth largest producer of cotton in the world, and importantly also holds the third largest spinning capacity in Asia (after China and India) with thousands of ginning and spinning units producing textile products from cotton. Approximately 1.5 million smallholder farmers rely on cotton for a living.
Cotton is the country’s most widely cultivated crop and an important raw material for its growing textiles industry, representing 8.5% of GDP*. In a bid to further improve its export volumes the Pakistani government launched Cotton Vision 2015: a drive to boost production to 20 million bales in four years.
However, as cotton farmers contend with the effects of extreme weather and pest outbreaks damaging the crops, the future of Pakistan’s cotton production will depend on men and women playing an equal role in fighting climate change and promoting sustainable farming practices.
Who grows Better Cotton?
369, 264 BCI Farmers produced 906,000 tonnes of Better Cotton in the 2018-19 cotton season, up from 701,000 tonnes in the previous season, which made Pakistan the second largest producer of Better Cotton, after Brazil. Cotton was grown on 1,072,000 hectares.
Find out more about the success, challenges and key changes that happened in the 2018-19 cotton season in the Better Cotton Country Snapshots.
Who are BCI’s Implementing Partners in Pakistan?
Sangtani Women Rural Development Organization | Cotton Connect Pakistan | WWF-Pakistan | CABI | Lok Sanjh Foundation | REEDS | Mariam Rural Welfare Organization | Yazman
Cotton is sown from April to June and harvested from August to December.
Stories from the Field
Eliminating child labour: How BCI Decent Work training influenced farmer in Pakistan to send his son back to school. Watch the video below or read the story here.
“I decide exactly how my additional income is spent. I feel proud of my decision to participate in this project and work independently, running my own business and making all the decisions. I enjoy what I’m doing and feel happy that I’m contributing to keeping the environment healthy. Above all, I have gained respect in my family and community.” – Ruksana Kausar, 2020.
Find out how Almas Parveen, a female BCI Farmer, overcame gender bias and became a role model in her community. Read Almas’ story.