Cotton is the most widespread profitable non-food crop in the world, providing an income for more than 250 million people worldwide. Cotton farming does, however, have significant environmental impacts related to water consumption, the conversion of habitat for cotton farming and the use of agrochemicals.

In 2018, for the first time the High Conservation Value Approach was introduced into the Better Cotton standard. The HCV Network collaborated with BCI to develop a series of tools to implement these new requirements. This included a simplified HCV risk-assessment to be used by farmers to identify whether HCVs are likely to be present on their farms.

Each year, BCI trains growers on the standard and sustainable agricultural practices. In November Olivia Scholtz from the HCV Network, joined BCI’s annual training for Implementing Partners in Mozambique. The objective was to train the partners and field technicians on the HCV risk assessment.

Participants were receptive to the new HCV requirements, recognising that it provides important environmental and social safe-guards. The HCV training materials will be used in future training programmes led by BCI and will be adapted into online training material as part of BCI’s global training system.

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