TEXTILE EXCHANGE REGIONAL OCRT – BURKINA FASO
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
When? 10-11th May 2018 (excursion and networking dinner on the 10th, and Regional OCRT event on the 11th)
Where? Fuarizmir, İzmir – Turkey’s newest and biggest fair complex
Textile Exchange is delighted to be collaborating with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on a series of organic cotton focused activities in West Africa. These include a Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP), a documentary-style video showcasing the region’s organic cotton sector, and the launch of a new Regional Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT).
The Regional OCRT will take place on 28th September 2018 in Koudougou, 100 km from Ouagadougou, during the Salon International du Coton et du Textile (SICOT). SICOT aims to expose and promote Burkina cotton as an industry for capital investment into cotton processing. It will be an opportunity to increase international trade by creating linkages between cotton companies, the National Cotton Producers Union of Burkina (UNPCB), and buyers from all over the world.
The Regional OCRT will put the spotlight on opportunities for organic cotton in the region, as well as on finding solutions to the region’s main barriers to growth. The results of the MOSP, which will identify these barriers and opportunities, will provide the basis for the day’s discussions.
The Sourcing-Coalition for Organic and Fairtrade Cotton from West Africa will also be hosting a workshop prior to SICOT. See “Preliminary Agenda” tab for an overview of the week’s activities, plus the preliminary Regional OCRT agenda.
Regional OCRT Preliminary Agenda
Key Insights from the Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP)
- Simon Cooper, Partner, Change Agency
- Plus a short video of MOSP conversation highlights
Panel Discussion – Connecting African Organic
- Q&A with key stakeholder group (TBC) including a producer, trader, manufacturer, international brand, Government Minister, and funder/ investor.
Welcome and Introductory Comments
- Liesl Truscott, European & Materials Strategy Director, Textile Exchange
- Silvere Tovignan, Regional Ambassador, Textile Exchange
Themes to be based on MOSP findings. Example topics include:
- Business models
- Value addition
- Women empowerment and leadership
- Youth and employment
- Building out the strategy together, meeting in 2019
Koudougou is 1hr 30 from Ouagadougou, at the heart of the country’s cotton production.
- By Plane: Ouagadougou has an International Airport with shuttle buses to Koudougou on reservation.
- By Car: Exit Ouagadougou, on the RN1, towards Bobo Dioulasso.
Note: A package will be available that includes the program, meals, 4 nights 4* hotel accommodation, the field-trip, and airport transportation. More details on this to follow.
As part of the collaboration with CRS, Textile Exchange is working with Change Agency to conduct a Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP) for Burkina Faso.
The findings of the MOSP will frame the discussions at the Regional OCRT in Koudougou, and will generate a number of initiatives and work-streams to take forward. The Research & Discussion Report resulting from the MOSP will be made publicly available. It will include detailed findings of the research and identify the common emerging themes.
To get a feel for what to expect, read the MOSP Research and Discussion Paper produced in 2017 for Turkey, Egypt, Central Asia and the wider European region.
Faso. The MOSP involves a series of interviews with companies and organizations representing each section of the region’s value network to explore the market opportunities and identify blockages or mis-perceptions that need to be dealt with.
Textile Exchange’s Global Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) has evolved to become THE shared space for the organic cotton community to get together and learn more about issues facing the organic cotton sector, to diagnose these issues and, most importantly, find ways to take action. Since its inception, the OCRT has focused on addressing key challenges in the stability and sustainable growth of the organic cotton sector through three Task Forces: Business Models, Seed and Soils, and Consumer Engagement.
Under these Task Forces, the OCRT has identified a number of initiatives and has either catalyzed, or been an incubator for, their development. Such initiatives include the Organic Cotton Accelerator, the Chetna Coalition, aboutorganiccotton.org (a microsite dedicated to organic cotton), an inventory of non-GMO seed availability, and the OCRT Innovation Award.Learn more about the OCRT
After six years of approaching barriers to growth in organic cotton at the global level through the Global OCRT, the benefits of regionalizing strategies for organic cotton has become increasingly apparent. Ultimately, the same issues and opportunities exist for all, but each region is at a different stage of development and therefore requires a different strategy, alongside designated resources and networks of supporters.
Textile Exchange has found that bringing people together at the regional level from all parts of the supply network is a powerful way to catalyze action by bringing specific regional opportunities into focus, strengthening existing efforts and initiatives, and shaping customized approaches.
Textile Exchange first introduced the concept of the Regional OCRT in Izmir in 2017, exploring opportunities for organic cotton in Turkey, Egypt and Central Asia, returning again in May 2018. The success in Izmir led to Textile Exchange’s collaboration with the Catholic Relief Services and the development of this new Regional OCRT in Burkina Faso. We are in an exciting position now where we can learn from our collective experience in other regions, tap into what works, and fast-track innovation and action!Learn more about the Izmir Regional OCRT
DID YOU KNOW?
ORGANIC COTTON & THE SDGs
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of an inter-governmental agreement of the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly. The Global Goals provide a framework to be implemented by “all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership” around a set of 17 specific, aspirational goals that address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
CRS: The Power Behind Your Purchase
hessnatur: Organic Cotton in Burkina Faso
A Taster of the OCRT: Hamburg 2016
UNPCB’s Organic and Fairtrade Cotton Program
Registration for the 2018 Regional OCRT Burkina Faso will be opening soon. In the meantime, contact us on OCRT@TextileExchange.org if you would like to be involved in the Regional OCRT or MOSP, or would like to stay updated on their developments.
MEET THE ORGANIZERS
- Jana BuschMaterials Program Assistant, Textile Exchange
- Simon CooperCSR Consultancy Ltd | Partner, Change Agency
- Alice Dos SantosMaterials Platform Assistant, Textile Exchange, Switzerland
- Lisa EmbersonMaterials Platform Coordinator
- Boubacar KamissokhoChief of Party, RECOLTE Project Burkina Faso
- Silvère TovignanAmbassador Africa
- Liesl TruscottEuropean & Materials Strategy Director
- Caitlin WelteMarketing Technical Advisor for Cotton Value Chain, Catholic Relief Services