Textile Exchange was delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate on hosting the second Regional Organic Cotton Round Table West Africa on January 31, 2020 in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Coalition West Africa (CCBE – represented by ecos and FiBL) and the UNPCB. The event was once held in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, during the International Cotton and Textile Fair (SICOT).
The aim of the Regional OCRT was to identify the opportunities for growth in the organic and fairtrade cotton sector in West Africa, and for developing manufacturing infrastructure and textile value chains. In addition to the partners mentioned above, the event was further supported by the Swiss Cooperation (SDC) through Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts of Burkina Faso, and by the German government (GIZ/BMZ).
08:10 – 09:00 | Session 1:
Good practices in the artisanal and industrial production and transformation of organic & Fairtrade cotton in West Africa – lessons learnt, ways forward and opportunities
09:00 – 09:35 | Session 2:
Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Coalition West Africa: Current and past activities, commitments and perspectives
09:35 – 09:45 | Break
09:45 – 11:00 | Session 3:
Workshop in three groups:
Group 1: Organic & Fairtrade cotton production
Group 2: Manufacturing and industrial transformation
Group 3: Commercialisation of organic & Fairtrade cotton