Over the course of the project, organic farming experts from bioRe Foundation, SymbioFarms, Chetna Organics, Suminter, Changemakers and Action for Social Advancement (ASA) in India provide regular training, tools such as GMO-free seeds, organic fertilisers and pesticides, and market access for their cotton.
The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) keeps in touch with the projects to validate the impacts of the training, organic inputs, and any premium earned on the market.
We are supporting these farmers through this three-year journey by buying their ‘in conversion’ cotton at a premium.
We also donated seeds upfront to farmers – helping them avoid interest charges from borrowing early in the season.
The reality is that from day one of conversion, the farmer follows stringent organic farming practices and sees better soils and lower production costs. ‘In conversion’ cotton is emerging as a sustainable cotton option and will likely become more recognisable to customers in coming years.
In the meantime, farmers in this group have two years left until they can call their cotton organic – and we will continue to support them every step of the way.
“The training in how to make our own natural pesticides and bio-input fertiliser has been useful; it has saved my family money and has stopped us from buying harmful chemicals. I am excited for more.”
- Tanki Bai Kutriya, 53
Lead farmer, second year in-conversion to organic cotton through Remei/Symbiofarms Gulzara, Madhya Pradesh, India