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Developing a Policy Framework for Promoting Better Management Practices in Four Cotton States in India

Developing a Policy Framework for Promoting Better Management Practices in Four Cotton States in India

Kumar, Ravinder (2010) Developing a Policy Framework for Promoting Better Management Practices in Four Cotton States in India. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Cotton is an important cash crop for India, with widespread economic and environmental implications. The country is the second largest producer and consumer of cotton, with a vast majority of poor small farm holders being responsible for cotton production. WWF’s overall strategy for cotton is to move the mainstream commodity market towards sustainable production, by both increasing the demand for “sustainable cotton” from globally significant retailers and brands and by supporting farmers to move towards more sustainable and economical cotton production methods. The ultimate aim of this strategy is to reduce the ecological footprint (particularly, the water footprint) of the entire chain from cotton production to retail sale, ultimately showing positive impacts on key ecosystems and river basins. Towards this, WWF has developed Better Management Practices (BMPs) through field projects that promote the uptake of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) compliance. WWF-India has been involved in the development of BMPs that have helped cotton farmers, as well as the environment, in two states. A WWF document says that the pilot project in the Godavari Basin in India has had far-reaching economic, ecological, and social benefits. In order to scale up the implementation of BMPs, there is a need to facilitate policies that promote sustainable agriculture. This working paper examine the respective state-level policy frameworks influencing agriculture and policy hindrances that restrict the uptake of these BMPs, and provide recommendations on policy scenarios that would facilitate the wider adoption of BMPs.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable cotton production, Policy framework for achieving sustainability in cotton production, World Wide Fund for Nature in India, Better management practices
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2018 13:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19488

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