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Contact

Monika Messmer

Monika Messmer
(Dr. sc. agr)

Department of Crop Sciences
FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-0443
Fax +41 (0)62 865-7273
monika.messmer(at)fibl.org

Contact

Gurbir Bhullar

Gurbir S.Bhullar
(Dr. Sc.)

Department of International Cooperation
FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-7258
Fax +41 (0)62 865-7273
gurbir.bhullar(at)fibl.org

Contact

Gian L. Nicolay

Gian L. Nicolay
(Dipl. Ing. Agr. ETH)

Département de la coopération internationale
FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Téléphone +41 (0)62 865 04 54
Fax +41 (0)62 865 72 73
gian.nicolay(at)fibl.org

Organic cotton

Cotton plant (G. arboreum), photo: FiBL
Cotton plant
Harvesting cotton, photo: FiBL
A heap of cotton and three persons, one is bringing a big basket with cotton

Cotton is globally the most important fibre plant. Organic cultivation of cotton enables the farmers to cultivate environmentally-friendly cotton without health risks, and, at the same time, it reduces the dependency on credits for seed, fertilizer, and plant protection inputs.

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) is engaged in several research activities on cotton cultivation within India and Africa. FiBL is involved in testing productivity and the potential of organic cotton cultivation in comparison to conventional cotton production schemes, as well as the contribution of organic cotton for food security and climate adaptation strategies. Through plant breeding programs, the seed sovereignty of smallholder farmers is re-established.

The following pages provide background information about cotton production and current cotton projects of FiBL, including publications and news.