TEXTILE EXCHANGE REGIONAL OCRT – BURKINA FASO
28th September 2018
SICOT, Koudougou, Burkina Faso
See “Preliminary Agenda” tab below
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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
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A special travel and accommodation package is being arranged by ecos and SICOT that covers the full four days of events. The package cost is €500, which covers registration for the full 4 days of events listed to the right, plus all transfers in Burkina Faso and 4 nights accommodation in 4* hotels.
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), which will take place during on 28th September 2018 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.
Another prominent event taking place during SICOT is the launch of the Organic and Fairtrade Cotton Coalition West Africa, which will be hosting a workshop on 26th September.
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
- Boubacar Kamissokho, Chief of Party, RECOLTE Project
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.
The Agenda for the Regional OCRT in Burkina Faso will be framed around research interviews for the Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP) carried out by Change Agency for Textile Exchange, in collaboration with CRS.
The MOSP is based on Appreciative Inquiry: asking questions of a range of stakeholders involved in cotton in Africa to unearth the positives in the situation and identify any blockages to progress. Appreciative Inquiry works on the assumption that whatever you want more of already exists in the situation you are looking at. While traditional problem-solving dissects a system looking for problems, Appreciative Inquiry works to uncover the forces that give life and energy to a system. Traditional inquiry asks “what problems are you having?”; Appreciative Inquiry looks at “what is working well in this situation, and how can we have more of that?”
The results of the interviews will be presented for the first time at the Regional OCRT. From the many comments and suggestions made by interviewees, the discussion will be grouped into three broad stakeholder categories looking at:
- What can Governments and NGOs do?
- What can the Value Chain do?
- What can the Market do?
The key conclusion to come out of the interviews is that more collaboration is needed – along the value chain, between governments, and between Africa and the rest of the world. In each focus area above, specific ideas will be discussed which will contribute to the collaborative approach. R-OCRT delegates will be able to share the way forward and make an important contribution to the sector’s future success.
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.
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
2018 High Level Political Forum
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
Meet the Regional OCRT Organizers
- Jana BuschMaterials Program Assistant, Textile Exchange
- Simon CooperMOSP Partner | Change Agency
- Alice Dos SantosMaterials Platform Assistant, Textile Exchange, Switzerland
- Lisa EmbersonMaterials Platform Coordinator
- Boubacar KamissokhoChief of Party, RECOLTE Project Burkina Faso
- Sabali MeschiMOSP Partner | Change Agency
- Silvère TovignanAmbassador Africa
- Liesl TruscottEuropean & Materials Strategy Director
- Caitlin WelteMarketing Technical Advisor for Cotton Value Chain, Catholic Relief Services