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 Programme 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 60+ Programme Partners deliver training and advice to more than 2.9 million cotton farmers and their communities in 26 countries.
Who are Better Cotton Programme Partners and what do they do?
Our Programme 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.
Programme 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 Programme 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
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) Civil Society Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell Civil Society Cotton Connect India Civil Society Deshpande Foundation Industry K K Fibers Civil Society Lupin Human Welfare And Research Foundation Industry Mahima Fibres Pvt. Ltd. Industry SIPL Civil Society Udyansh Gramin Samaj Sewa Samiti (UGSSS) Commercial Vardhman Textiles Industry Welspun Foundation For Health And Knowledge (WFHK) Civil Society WWF India
PakistanCivil Society The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International Pakistan Civil Society Cotton Connect Pakistan Civil Society Rural Business Development Center (RBDC) Civil Society Rural Business Development Consultancy Civil Society Rural Education and Economic Development Society Civil Society Sangtani Women Rural Development Organization (SWRDO) Civil Society The Central Cotton Research Institute Civil Society WWF-Pakistan
Learn more about our Programme Partners’ work
Programme 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 Programme 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 a Programme Partner
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Better Cotton Programme Partner, please contact the Better Cotton programme team below.