The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is an international programme that wants to establish a balance between the economic, environmental and social aspects of growing cotton. The end result is a profitable, responsible and sustainable management approach.
The programme aims its efforts at four specific goals:
1. Reduce the environmental impact of cotton production.
2. Improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas.
3. Improve commitment to and flow of Better Cotton throughout the supply chain.
4. Ensure the credibility and sustainability of the Better Cotton Initiative.
The Sustainable Cotton Cluster is currently implementing a programme the obtain BCI certification for South African cotton. Adherence to the BCI principles of continuous improvement on the farm will demand that local cotton producers:
• Minimise the potential negative impacts of crop protection practices;
• Effectively manage water use;
• Look after soil health;
• Conserve natural habitats;
• Take care of and preserve fibre quality; and
• Promote decent work.
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