Through our Farm Programme and our Implementing Partners on the ground, we work directly with in-conversion and organic cotton farmers. In our Farmer Stories series, we hear from farmers on the ground, why they switched to organic cultivation, their challenges and journey.Farmer Stories
Farm ProgrammeView all resources
The Farm Programme is a direct-to-farmer sourcing model and capacity-building intervention that supports farmers to grow organic cotton. Unlike most models, it prioritises farmer prosperity by creating a secure market for farmers to sell their organic cottonseed, advocating for better prices for organic cotton and creating visibility at the source of organic fibre.
OCA Farm Programme Guidelines
OCA Verification Manual
OCA Requirements for Third Party Validators
OCA Approved Verifier List
OCA Standard Operating Procedure for GMO Sampling and Testing
Crop Diversification Report
Farm Programme Impact Report Season 20/21
TrainingView all resources
The Organic Cotton Training Curriculum is a publicly available web-based set of train the trainer courses on organic agronomic best practices. It is the first organic cotton growers training package developed in over a decade and includes in-depth modules and activity guides to work alongside existing participatory training methods. Currently available in English, and soon Hindi, OCA will create further translation and adaptation to Pakistan and, eventually other organic cotton territories. Feedback from the initial rollout and updates will be incorporated into the latest versions.
Scaling up organic cotton farming globally cannot happen without improving the availability, access to and genetic diversity of non-GM cottonseed for organic cotton farmers. Our Seed Programme aims to boost the development and production of locally adapted organic cottonseed around the world.
The Innovation Programme invests in interventions that enable a healthy and resilient organic cotton sector. This includes enabling cottonseed research, piloting traceability innovations and shaping industry standards – in short tools to manage product integrity and leverage agronomic best practices so organic and regenerative agriculture can be successful at organic cotton farms.
The OCA Platform unites the organisations that champion, grow, supply, and buy organic cotton and we facilitate collaboration between them to accelerate change and deliver real impact at farm level. Our global collective of brands, retailers, supply chain partners, civil society organisations, philanthropic foundations and academics are united in their efforts to safeguard the future of organic cotton.
Questions about OCA
OCA acts as a catalyst for change. It creates the conditions for organic cotton to thrive; it convenes the sector around a common agenda, it improves farmer prosperity and it bolsters the integrity of the organic cotton sector.
OCA’s mission is to unite the sector to unleash the potential of organic cotton and deliver positive change for people and the planet. It acts as a conduit between the organic cotton standards and other industry and civil society stakeholders. OCA therefore has dialogue and collaboration with its Contributors and is supportive of other like-minded organisations and initiatives, including Textile Exchange and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
OCA unites the sector around a common agenda, bringing together all stakeholders in a common vision and driving real behaviour change. Farm level interventions deliver a secure market for farmers and supply chain transparency, whilst investments in seed, research, industry standards and traceability innovations create the conditions for a healthy and resilient sector.