Locale: Rahim Yar Khan and Sukkar
Team Members: Nazim Ali
Better Cotton Initiative is designed to make cotton production in better environment. It is better for the farmers who grow it. BCI is implementing this initiative in Rahim Yar Khan and Sukkar and is also training farmers as how to avoid unnecessary use of pesticides and conserve nature and water. After that, BCI hires third party to verify whether the farmers have adopted this practice or not.
For this purpose, Fair Labour Association (FLA) India, was hired as third party verifier. FLA requested SDPI to do some verification for them in Sukkar and Rahim Yar Khan. From SDPI two verifiers (Nazim Ali (Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist) and Maqsood Ahmad (Consultant)) paid visits to RYK and Sukkar to check actual vigor of cotton, status of pest and disease, water management practices, child labor incidence and other health and safety compliances followed be interview with farmers about their production practices. Based on observations and interviews, verifiers submitted two reports, one for RYK and other for Sukkar.