Cotton production alone accounts for 7% of employment in some countries


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Production of cotton alone accounts for some 7% of ALL employment in some low-income countries.

India for instance has about 6 million people in cotton cultivation and about 50 million people involved in cotton processing and trade, so  about 55-60 million in all in the cotton fiber profession. This is out of the total workforce strength of about 500 million. Thus, over 10% of the total Indian workforce is employed in the cotton sector alone, a stunning stat.

How best can countries such as India invest in developing a sustainable cotton value chain that provides highest long term benefits for such a large number of people dependent on the industry?