Call for Proposals - Feasibility Study for Self-Sustaining Organic Village Communities in Madhya Pradesh, India

by C&A Foundation on Aug 10, 2017

C&A Foundation is looking for an individual, organisation or consortium to evaluate the possibility of developing self-sustaining organic villages among cotton farming communities in India's Madhya Pradesh.

The study will be carried out in partnership with Pratibha Syntex, a long-standing partner of the C&A Foundation and a manufacturer of knitted textile products based in Indore.

Proposals should be sent to sustainablecotton@candafoundation.org by 28 August.

C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation here to transform the fashion industry, making fashion a force for good. We do this by providing financial support, expertise, and networks to enable brands, NGOs and other changemakers to make the fashion industry work better for every person it touches.

We focus on areas where we can have the biggest impact: accelerating sustainable cotton, improving working conditions, eradicating forced labour, strengthening communities and circular fashion.

About the feasibility study

Our sustainable cotton signature programme aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who adopt sustainable cotton cultivation and thereby help conserve the environment.

Currently, our programming hotspot is in Madhya Pradesh where 40% of India's organic cotton is grown. We work with key field partners including the Aga Khan Foundation, Action for Social Advancement, Cotton Connect, Pratibha Syntex, Prerana and WWF-India on initiatives engaging more than 15,000 farmers on adopting organic cultivation practices.

Past three years of programming in the hotspot has yielded a positive impact on the income levels for programme farmers. However, for agriculture to remain attractive for farming communities, more focus on wider community-level issues is needed including access to good quality health care, education and sanitation facilities in rural areas.

C&A Foundation, along with its partner Pratibha Syntex, has a vision to establish self-sustaining organic village communities in Madhya Pradesh where farmers derive more income from organic farming through innovative crop combinations with cotton; where families have alternate sources of income; where the villages' natural resources are conserved through good agricultural practices; and access to good quality basic services.

These communities will be 'model' villages and develop champions of organic farming from within, driving the organic movement further.

The study needs to assess the possibility of developing self-sustaining village communities centred round organic cotton cultivation in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh and involves consulting with stakeholders including the C&A Foundation, the Pratibha Syntex team, farmers, local policy makers and organisations providing basic delivery service.

Read the full terms of reference here.