Traidcraft Exchange Hosts Cotton Forum
December 4, 2009
Seth here, Shop for Change’s CEO. Wednesday I attended a great meeting in Hyderabad hosted by our allies Traidcraft Exchange. The event brought together 20 organisations working to solve the challenges facing cotton farmers. Among the issues discussed – who controls access to seeds, hardships faced by the poorest farmers who have no irrigation infrastructure, how to help farmers access loans at fair rates of interest, and ways that farmer organisations can help farmers add value to their crop by producing value-added products like yarn, fabric, and finished textiles.
Along with the three farmer organisations that Shop for Change has certified – Agrocel, Chetna Organic, and Zameen Organic – Shop for Change agreed to establish a working group to help farmer organisations work more closely with one another to take advantage of new market opportunities. It was a great meeting, and we look forward to moving ahead.