Using compost to grow better cotton in Pakistan: a farmer’s story

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This is the story of smallholder cotton farmer Wazeer Ali, who was supported by CABI in Pakistan under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2021, and is reaping the benefits of composting for his crop.
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Taking steps towards female empowerment through Better Cotton Initiative in Pakistan

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CABI’s centre in Pakistan is dedicated to helping improve the empowerment of female cotton farm workers as part of its remit under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) which is tasked with trying to avert annual cotton crop losses of around $350m.
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A Step towards Climate Smart Agriculture and cost effectiveness

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CABI is delivering training to its better cotton farmers on various Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to implement the Better Cotton standard system. Among these GAPs is the issue of compost technology and its benefits – introduced to Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) registered farmers who were fully guided for its development.
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BCI farmer shares benefits of safer and more sustainable biological controls to manage pests in cotton crop

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What does sustainability mean? In the context of agriculture, sustainability refers to the successful management of agricultural resources to satisfy human needs while at the same time maintaining or enhancing the quality of the environment and conserving natural resources for future generations.
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Piloting worker voice technology in Pakistan

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Engaging people working in agriculture to get a clear, comprehensive understanding of the challenges they face in their work, especially on labour issues, is key to being able to provide effective solutions. In rural, dispersed farming areas, however, this can be a difficult task using traditional outreach methods. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this engagement…
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Farmers in Pakistan use pheromone capsules to fight back against cotton crop pest the pink bollworm

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Cotton is Pakistan’s largest industrial sector but is impacted by many pests. The pink bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella) is considered its worst enemy as it affects the quality of the lint and, ultimately, loss of the crop.
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Kamla Bai charts her journey of empowerment from farmworker to women village trainer for CABI

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This is the story of Kamla Bai who has been a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) farmworker since 2015. Mrs Bai belongs to a minority Hindu community and lives in a small village of district Mirpur Khas in Pakistan. She received her education to Matric level (10th grade), graduated from high school, and has since been…
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Sustainable cotton production ‘through the eyes’ of a Better Cotton farmer

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Mr Javed is a resident of the village Jameel Dall, union council Mir Imam Bux Talpur, in the district of Mirpur Khas in Pakistan. He has, since 2012, been one of the active farmers of CABI’s project to help improve cotton production which is run under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).
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Better Cotton Initiative is empowering rural women in Pakistan through entrepreneurship

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 today (8 March) and its theme of ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’, CABI’s Naheed Babar, Noreen Mangrio and Noor Nabi Bhutto highlight how CABI’s role in the Better Cotton Initiative is helping to empower women in Pakistan through entrepreneurship.
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Rural women in Pakistan trained on principles of Better Cotton Initiative despite COVID-19

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As we all know, 2020 has been the worst year in the lifetimes of many people around the world due to COVID-19 – the severe acute respiratory disease – also known as SARS-CoV-2 because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003.
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