Building a roadmap for the organic cotton sector in India, with Maharashtra as a hub for the cultivation of the fibre and the apparel industry. That was the focus of more than 150 international delegates, representing government, the apparel industry, academia, civil society and farmer groups, who gathered in Nagpur, Maharashtra for the second annual Cotton Trailblazers event on 5 December 2019. Organic cotton farmers receiving gifts of shawls, with from left to right: Anita Chester, head of Sustainable Raw Materials, C&A Foundation; Shatadru Chattopadhayay, managing director, Solidaridad Asia; Siebe Schuur, agricultural counsellor at the India and Sri Lanka Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Punit Lalbhai, executive director, Arvind Limited; Ravindra Thakare, director of Vanamati; and Shreyaskar Chaudhury, managing director, Pratibha Syntex Limited Looking for solutions The event, co-hosted by C&A Foundation , Solidaridad Asia and Organic Cotton Accelerator , celebrated India’s leadership in global organic cotton production and put local farmers in the spotlight. It brought together key players to discuss the challenges facing the sector and look for solutions through collaborative efforts that create value for all – from farmers to consumers. Topics at the event included: how local handloom enterprises can engage directly with […]

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