BCI: 2014 harvest report (2015)

Cotton field at sunset © Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative's 2014 Harvest Report presents global and country specific results of progress achieved by BCI farmers against key environmental, economic and social indicators as compared to farmers in the same regions who operate outside of BCI projects. These indicators include pesticide and fertiliser use, water use for irrigation, yield, profitability and awareness of child labour issues. Country specific results focus on China, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Mali , Mozambique, Senegal and the USA.

Here are some key results:

  • BCI farmers had on average 23% higher yield (Lint Cotton Mt/ha) compared to comparison farmers across the seven countries, ranging from 3% average higher yield in Turkey to 57% average higher yield in Mozambique.
  • BCI farmers used on average 24% less pesticide (kg/ha) than comparison farmers across the seven countries, ranging from using on average 12% more pesticide in Mali to on average 73% less pesticide in Tajikistan.
  • BCI farmers used on average 9% less synthetic fertilizer (kg/ha) than comparison farmers across six countries(no data for Mozambique), ranging from using on average 28% more synthetic fertilizer in Tajikistan to on average 73% less synthetic fertilizer in China.
  • BCI farmers used on average 244% more organic fertilizer (kg/ha) than comparison farmers across six countries (no data for Mozambique), ranging from using on average 12% more organic fertilizer in Mali to on average 789% more organic fertilizer in Turkey.
  • BCI farmers used on average 7% less water (m3/ha) than comparison farmers across five countries (no data for Mali or Mozambique), ranging from using on average 11% more water in Tajikistan to on average 18% less water in Pakistan.
  • BCI farmers reported on average 36% higher profits (per ha) than comparison farmers across six countries (no data for Tajikistan), ranging from on average 14% higher profits in Mali to on average 65% higher profits in Mozambique.

The report also details the challenges faced in measuring key indicators such as water usage or children's education in BCI production countries and ways in which local offices and partners are working to overcome them.

 

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Posted on 12/03/2016

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