Certified organic cotton production contributes to less than 1% of global cotton cultivation. This is because access to organic cotton seed is so difficult. In Pakistan, the lack of policies, availability of non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seed and weak links with input suppliers and supply chains makes organic cotton farming demotivating and uninteresting for famers. This project will create a conducive ecosystem for organic cotton and contribute to the long-term availability of non-GM cotton seed and organic inputs for farmers with a self-sustaining approach.
CABI scientists are implementing a two-year PKR 94.4 million project to help thousands of farmers fight cotton, fruit and vegetable crop pests and increase their profits by using more environmentally-friendly and sustainable biological controls.