How can sustainability standards impact cotton farmers income?

A few weeks ago we were discussing about cocoa farmers poverty being the underlying problem of most of the industry challenges.

This is actually true for many agricultural commodities, including cotton, despite the growing development and adoption of sustainability schemes (Better Cotton, organic certification, CmiA, Fairtrade…) .

  • Why are cotton prices so volatile and sensitive to external shocks?
  • Who in the supply chain bears the highest production costs and how is value distributed among actors?
  • To which extent do voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) are truly profitable to cotton farmers?

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the (so complex) cotton market and explore how VSS could (and should) impact cotton prices and farmers revenue.