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In Maharashtra failure of cotton crops is one of the prime reason for farmer suicides. Hence, Lupin Foundation found the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) quite relevant and potentially effective intervention.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. It involves training and capacity building of farmers for sustainable cotton production by promotion of best package of practices on integrated pest management, integrated nutrient management, and selection of variety by conducting training, exposure of farmers and demonstrations at village level.

Better Cotton Initiative


Transforming cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.


  • Improve - Livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas
  • Increase - Commitment to and flow of Better Cotton throughout the supply chain
  • Reduce - The environmental impact of cotton production
  • Ensure - the credibility and sustainability of the Better Cotton Initiative

Better Cotton is an agricultural management system which can transform this vital sector:

  • By improving the production of cotton: Crop Protection, Water Usage, Soil Health, Biodiversity, Fibre Quality, and Decent Work principles.
  • By creating measurable, credible change at farm level.
  • By connecting supply with demand.
  • By presenting clear business cases for all actors: good for farmers, and good for business.
  • By welcoming recognition of other standards.

Project coverage: We are working with 95139 smallholder cotton growers from 527 villages of Dhule and Nandurbar districts.

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