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Minutes April 11, 2017 Agriculture & Food Processing Subcommittee under Trade & Investment Committee Uzbekistan
  Participants: 28, click here to see Attendance List. Opening at 1000, Closing at 1105: Chairman Dale Henry welcomed participants and special guests from IFC to brief the committee on its Sustainable Development of the Cotton Value Chain in Uzbekistan project. Presentation by Oksana Varodi (Ukrainian, 18 years with IFC): This project aims to bring Environmental, Social and Financial Sustainability to Uzbekistan’s Cotton Value Chain. A package of productivity improvements (USA examples: conservation tillage, laser land leveling and irrigation control, precision seeding, advanced plant protection measures), economic balance of manual / mechanized harvest along with access to higher value markets [based on the Better Cotton Initiative (www.bettercotton.org), which is governed on a day-to-day basis by the Better Cotton Standard System (http://bettercotton.org/about-better-cotton/better-cotton-standard-system/)], into the mainstream worldwide cotton market as a sustainable commodity where supply and demand are driven by the momentum of the market. By 2020 BCI anticipates that 30% of global cotton production will be Better Cott...