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October 20th, 2018

A Burkinabe Cotton Story – A Successful Week of the Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Coalition

The 1st SICOT (Salon International du Coton et du Textile) was a great success and an important step forward towards a major expansion of organic and Fairtrade cotton production from Burkina Faso and West Africa as well as local added value in the future.  Here are the highlights:

26.9.2018 – “Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Coalition West Africa: An innovative Partnership”
The vision of the Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Coalition (CCBE) is to achieve a local market share of 5% (40’000 tons of cotton fibre) and to increase the local added value, that is the cotton used in the local textile industry, from 3% to 20% in the next few years. Horizontal and vertical collaboration is crucial and SICOT has shown that there are many actors that believe in it. This important event for the Coalition and the further development of organic and Fairtrade cotton in West Africa included different international and regional speakers.

27.9. – 28.9.2018
Salon International du Coton et du Textile (SICOT)
One day later the SICOT conference was officially opened by the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Kaboré. Organic and Fairtrade cotton and the Sourcing Coalition were an important part of this first conference, where 800 persons discussed various aspect of cotton production and the development of a national textile industry.

28.9.2018
Regional Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) by Textile Exchange & CRS
On Friday 28 September 2018, Textile Exchange launched the first Regional Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT). The agenda for the Regional OCRT was based on findings from the recent Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP) carried out by Change Agency for Textile Exchange (access the MOSP Discussion Document via the Regional OCRT webpage).

 

29.9.2018
Field Trip
Following the exhibition and the conferences, ecos and UNPCB offered a field trip to the building site of the first West African organic cotton ginnery (adjacent to an existing conventional ginnery) and to a farm, where participants could meet a producer of a cooperative for organic and fairtrade cotton.

 

Next steps for the Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Coalition
The next exchange with various actors will already take place on 22 October at the annual conference of Textile Exchange in Milano. The funding of the Coalition programme is secured until the beginning of 2019. The national platforms and the regional exchange should be established and purchasing guarantees from actors along the value chain should form a good basis for the planning of the expansion of the production of organic and fairtrade cotton with the 2019/20 season. The next Organic-Cotton Roundtable Africa from Textile Exchange in collaboration with the Sourcing Coalition is planned for spring 2019 in Europe.

The 2nd SICOT (Salon International de Coton et du Textiles) will take place on January 30th/31st 2020 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso.

source: https://ecos.ch/

Pictures by: Marzia Lanfranchi





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