Where We Work
We now positively affect the lives of over 250,000 organic cotton farmers worldwide.
Conservative estimates show that each farmer in the Global South has responsibility for a household of five people. This means that Textile Exchange programs have directly and positively impacted the lives of over 1.4 million people in developing countries.
Farm & Fiber data collection and analysis
We aim to have a positive impact on organic cotton production worldwide and welcome growers from all countries to be part of our Farm Engagement Community. We have a physical presence in Africa, India and Latin America due to the generous support of our Funders ICCO the Interchurch Development Organisation based in the Netherlands.
We also work with like-minded partner organisations to broaden our reach and improve our impact.
Our Funders and Sponsors
We are very grateful to the generous financial assistance from the following organizations and companies.
ICCO The Interchurch Development Organisation (ICCO) has been supporting the Textile Exchange Farm Program, both financially and professionally, since its inception in 2005. This work supports farmer training, strengthening industry integrity, the Farm & Fiber Report and market access in India, Africa and Latin America. http://www.icco.nl/en/home
Martin Fabert The Martin Fabert Foundation has supported Textile Exchange since 2002 in various programs and initiatives. Program funding has included work in promoting sustainable production of organic cotton, financial support to develop the health care platform, as well as the HealthyCotton.org initiative, and website platform development.
ComMark The ComMark project was active from September 2007 to July 2009 to develop market access and pilot programs for organic cotton in South Africa. This project has also included key work on developing an organic toolkit, training materials for extension and trainers and professionals that are working with farmers.
C&A The C&A Project started in 2007 initially to establish farmer training in India around best practices including other key issues such as seed, water, and contamination. Further collaboration included piloting the Textile Exchange KPIs through self-assessment with producer groups and exploring other community development projects. In addition, C&A has initiated their bio-bag project that generates money from the sale of organic cotton totes (http://www.c-and-a.com/uk/en/corporate/company/our-responsibility/protecting-the-environment/organic-cotton/) to invest directly back into the communities.
Nordstrom Nordstrom began a program focused in Eastern Africa in 2007. This initiative is primarily in Uganda to support the training, development and adoption of best practices of farmers in the region, helping them to move from organic by default to organic by choice and design.
Tesco Tesco conducted a feasibility test for organic cotton including farmer development and training in Mali. This project was initiated in 2008 by Katherine Hamnett and financially supported by Tesco.