BCI Cotton

What is the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)?

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, private member association with a vision to empower millions of cotton farmers around the world. This initiative focuses on enabling farmers to develop cotton in an economical yet healthier way that is advantageous to farming communities and the environment as well.

The long-term objective of the BCI is to encourage best farming practices, managerial responsibility and high quality products, while minimizing the use of agrochemical products and also protecting the rights of workers through a participatory stakeholder approach.

To bring about a measurable reduction in key environmental impacts that cotton cultivation may cause, the BCI promotes the adoption of better management practices while also improving the economic and social aspects for small and large scale cotton farmers worldwide.

What is the vision of Bannari Organics for the BCI?

Our vision is to significantly reduce the adverse impacts of conventional cotton production on ecosystem, health and biodiversity in with help of the BCI.

How do we produce ‘Better Cotton’?

Bannari Organics supports the BCI principles and criteria that target environmental and social impacts of cotton production on a global scale.

  • We work to minimize the negative effects of current crop protection techniques
  • We care for and preserve the quality of the fiber
  • We care for the health of our soil
  • We use water in an efficient manner and care for the water availability
  • We promote decent work
  • We help conserve natural habitats

Benefits of BCI cotton

The techniques and criteria used in the production of BCI cotton has several advantages including

  • Reduced use of pesticide
  • Reduced risk taking in preparation and application of pesticides
  • Better farm-gate price for better quality seed
  • Less contaminated or damaged cotton
  • Immediate economic and health benefits to cotton farmers and farming communities
  • Reduction of stress on the environment in relation to availability of water and pesticide toxicity levels