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 COTTON:   BCI validates system
to identify Better Cotton farmers
An important aspect of Better Cotton is to make sure that farmers fulfil the criteria set up by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), and that this verification can be made with a reliable system. This is why the Better Cotton Initiative have conducted third-party verification surveys in Pakistan to get neutral and unbiased opinions about implementation of the Better Cotton system at farm level.

The surveys were conducted in July in two Punjabi districts – Bahawalpur and Lodhran – where cotton projects are managed by the IKEA and WWF Partnership.

There are two levels of verification of the Better Cotton system. Credibility checks conducted by the BCI itself are followed by third-party credibility checks, conducted by a party independent from the BCI.

Farmers are selected randomly for verification, and come from different learning groups. Farmers that met the minimum production criteria set by the Better Cotton Initiative were named Better Cotton Farmers at the end of the 2010/2011 cotton season.

Similar surveys will be conducted in three other districts in Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan over the next couple of months; Rahim Yar Khan, Sukkur and Toba Tek Singh.

Read more about the Better Cotton Initiative