At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Here we explain how organic cotton farming plays a role in helping countries achieve their SDGs. Millions of people around the world live in rural communities depending on farming. Holistic organic farming systems based on the organic principles of health, ecology, fairness and care, build thriving and resilient communities that attract people to stay on the land rather than move to cities, regenerating and nurturing the earth, its resources, and its people.
The UNDP has identified three priority SDGs – 1: End Poverty, 10: Reduced Inequalities, 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, as central to its strategic plan. Organic cotton makes a significant contribution to all three – providing a market-driven solution to poverty, reducing inequality by raising farm incomes, and promoting inclusive societies through its reliance on cooperative working. Organic “cotton” is the vehicle to organic “communities” and success depends upon SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, building committed, interdependent supply networks that share risk and reward.