The Delta Project, which will ultimately lead to the publication of the Delta Framework, was proposed to the ISEAL Innovations Fund by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The project proposal was developed together with the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) and the International Coffee Association (ICO), in order to ensure broad consensus in two of the most important commodity sectors, cotton and coffee.

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) brings together farmers, ginners, traders, spinners, mills, cut & sew, manufacturers, retailers, brands, civil society and grassroots organisations in a unique global community committed to developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.

By helping farmers to grow cotton in a way that reduces stress on the local environment and improves the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities, BCI aims to create long-term change.

It is a global approach that provides a solution for the mainstream cotton industry, including both smallholders and large-scale farmers. All farmers can benefit from implementing the Better Cotton Standard and the development of a new and more sustainable mainstream commodity, Better Cotton.

Global Coffee Platform (GCP)

The Global Coffee Platform (GCP) is a membership organization of coffee producers, roasters, retailers, traders, NGOs and others. GCP works on improving the livelihoods, ecosystems and resilience of coffee farming communities and the sector as a whole by enabling its members and partners to align and multiply their efforts and investments, collectively act on local priorities and critical issues, and grow and scale successful sustainability initiatives across the coffee world.

International Cotton Advisory Committee – Social Environmental and Economic Performance of Cotton (ICAC-SEEP)

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is an association of members of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. The role of the ICAC is to assist members in fostering a healthy world cotton economy. ICAC’s mission is to raise awareness, to provide information, and to serve as a catalyst for cooperative action on issues of International significance.

The Expert Panel on the Social Environmental and Economic Performance of Cotton (SEEP) was created in 2006 with the objective to i) Provide the ICAC with objective, science-based information on the negative and positive social, environmental and economic aspects of global cotton production; ii)  Gather information from around the world on costs of agricultural labor and the factors that affect those costs to assess their impacts on the social performance of cotton; and iii) Make recommendations for further action as appropriate to improve the social, environmental and economic performance of the cotton industry.

The International Coffee Organization

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together exporting and importing Governments to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. Its Member Governments represent 98% of world coffee production and 67% of world consumption.

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