Collaboration is essential to delivering the Better Cotton programme across the world. That’s why we’ve developed an extended network of on-the-ground partners, Implementing Partners, to help cotton farming communities to adopt more sustainable practices. These partners are critical to our success. They play an important role in leading training and support in the field, reaching ever more farmers to provide opportunities to improve their practices. With a strong understanding of local environments and challenges, our close to 70 Implementing Partners deliver training and advice to more than 2.7 million cotton farmers and their communities in 25 countries.
Who are Better Cotton Implementing Partners and what do they do?
Our Implementing Partners come from a variety of backgrounds. They can be not-for-profit organisations, government bodies, private companies or even private sector foundations. What they have in common is proven expertise and deep experience in helping farming communities develop the skills and knowledge they need to raise yields sustainably – helping them to protect and restore the environment, while improving their livelihoods.
They help farmers understand the core principles of the Better Cotton Standard in a way that’s relevant to their own culture and customs.
Through dedicated training and practical hands-on demonstrations, they help cotton farmers address specific sustainability challenges – from drought in Australia to pest pressure in Brazil to gender inequality in Pakistan – and continuously improve their performance.
Implementing Partners also monitor Better Cotton Farmers’ progress, collecting the data that tells us whether Better Cotton is making a positive impact on the environment and the lives of farmers and farming communities.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, our Implementing Partners have also provided help and support to farmers navigating the crisis.
We invest in strengthening our partners’ ability to deliver effective training so we can be sure that farmers and farming communities receive the best possible support. Together, we are raising the quality of farmer training, sharing knowledge between countries and helping to maximise positive change in the field. In this way, we can also work towards the same quality and consistency in all the countries where Better Cotton is grown.
Meet BCI’s Implementing Partners
ChinaCommercial Cotton Connect China Civil Society Huangmei County Huinong scientific and technology planting and breeding cooperative Civil Society Shandong Binzhou Nongxi Cotton Professional Cooperative Commercial Solidaridad (Shanghai) Agricultural Technology Development Company Limited Civil Society Songzi city Agriculture Technology Promotion Center
IndiaCivil Society Action For Food Production (AFPRO) Civil Society Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) Civil Society Ambuja Cement Foundation Industry Arvind Ltd. Industry Basil Commodities Pvt. Ltd. (Basil Group) Industry Bharat Cotton Factory Civil Society Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell Civil Society Cotton Connect India Civil Society Deshpande Foundation Civil Society Development Support Centre Industry K K Fibers Civil Society Lupin Human Welfare And Research Foundation Industry Mahima Fibres Pvt. Ltd. Civil Society MYKAPS (MYRADA Kaveri Pradeshika Samsthe) Civil Society Participatory Rural Development Initiatives Society (PRDIS) Industry Pratibha Syntex Ltd. Industry Puneet Enterprises Industry Shri Vardhman Traders Industry SIPL Industry Trident Ltd Civil Society Udyansh Gramin Samaj Sewa Samiti (UGSSS) Industry Welspun Foundation For Health And Knowledge (WFHK) Civil Society WWF India
PakistanGovernment Agriculture Extension Department Civil Society CAB International Regional Office Pakistan Civil Society Cotton Connect Pakistan Civil Society Lok Sanjh Foundation Civil Society Rural Education and Economic Development Society Civil Society Sangtani Women Rural Development Organization (SWRDO) NGO Smart Agriculture Civil Society WWF-Pakistan
United StatesIndustry Allenberg Cotton Co. Industry Calcot Ltd. Industry ECOM USA Industry Indigo Ag Inc. Industry Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC Industry Olam Cotton Industry Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Industry Quarterway Cotton Growers Industry Staple Cotton Cooperative Association Industry Supima
Learn more about our Implementing Partners’ work
Implementing Partners help farmers and farming communities in multiple ways – from innovative practices to protect plant and animal life on their farms to delivering practical advice straight to their smartphones, helping them build farming co-operatives and implementing water efficient irrigation technology. Learn more below.
If you’re an existing Implementing Partner and you would like more information on the latest support and training available for your team, please get in touch with your Better Cotton representative.
Become an Implementing Partner
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Better Cotton Implementing Partner, please contact the Better Cotton programme team below.