Social Impact Assessment Study on Cotton Farming

American Institutes for Research


Madhya Pradesh



Outline India has been recently commissioned to undertake a study on farmers working across organic cotton farming, better cotton farming, and conventional cotton farming being implemented by the C&A Foundation in Madhya Pradesh.

Given the lack of credible data and studies that assess the social and economic impact of cotton farming, our study in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research aims to provide insights into the potential effects of voluntary certification cotton production on farmer’s well-being. The study will be conducted in the state of Madhya Pradesh, as it produces about 27% of the global organic cotton and about 40% of India’s organic cotton. We anticipate that a rigorous research study in this context would be helpful not just in informing the C&A Foundation’s work in the area, but also in providing credible evidence to influence policy decisions, both at the state and the national level. To achieve this goal, different aspects of education, health, and socio-economic outcomes will be measured for three types of cotton farmers, which are

1) organic cotton farmers,

2) better cotton farmers, and

3) conventional cotton farmers.


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