The Multi Country Sustainable Cotton Programme, implemented by CottonConnect and local implementing partners in China, India and Pakistan was funded by C&A Foundation with an overarching goal of promoting sustainable cotton. The objectives of the programme were 1) provision of technical support on organic farming practices to cotton farmers in India; 2) provision of drip irrigation to smallholder farmers in India; 3) organic cotton seed development in China and India, 4) catalysing the sustainable cotton sector through partnerships (Organic Cotton Roundtable) and 5) transitioning farmers from Responsible Environment Enhanced Livelihoods (REEL) to Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) standards in India, China and Pakistan. This programme comprised of several components of which not all were present across all countries and these various stand-alone components existed prior to 2014 and evolved over time.
The evaluation took place from July 2017 to November 2017. The key results for each programme component are presented below.