COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Puerto Rico Cotton Study
Commitment by Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA)
In 2018, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in partnership with Visit Rico and Textile Exchange committed to undertake a study to consider the feasibility of reintroducing cotton cultivation to Puerto Rico as part of the recovery efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. This study will provide recommendations regarding the reintroduction of cotton as an organic crop for smallholder farmers, including the support structure required, possible domestic and international markets, potential scale of operation, how to combine with increased food production, needs for first and second stage processing, and potential international partnerships to enhance research, improve farm management and secure external export markets. Should the feasibility of cotton reintroduction be confirmed, the commitment partners will seek support to implement the study recommendations, including field trials to determine the varieties of organic cotton best suited to local conditions.