Improving the safety and quality of cotton production in Pakistan
Published: October, 2019
Since 2014, CABI has been working in partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in two districts of Sindh Province of Pakistan to train cotton farmers and farm workers in improved cultivation and harvesting practices. The aim is not only to improve cotton quality but also to promote practices that are safer in terms of both workers’ health and environmental protection. Since the programme started, CABI has trained 11,360 farmers, 22,252 male farm workers and 16,000 female farm workers. In 2017, CABI commissioned a study to evaluate the effectiveness of this capacity building programme.
Cotton is Pakistan’s largest industrial sector. In total though, the industry is losing around 10-15% through poor traditional practices. Using the Better Cotton Standard System, we are encouraging farmers to implement Better Cotton production principles and criteria, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) by providing participatory training to 22,024 small, medium and large-sized farmers and their 38,000 farm workers in ‘Learning Groups’ and medium farmer’s fields.
Start: 01/04/17 -End: 31/12/22