World Cotton Day: Cotton fiber and cottonseed are two of the most heavily used plant products across the globe. India is one of the largest cotton-producing countries globally. It is a multipurpose plant majorly used in the textile industry but also in the medical sector, animal feeds, edible oil industry, bookbinding, etc.
World Cotton Day 2022 Date
World Cotton Day marks October 7 every year. This year marks the third-anniversary celebration of this international event.
World Cotton Day 2022 Theme
World Cotton Day 2022 theme is appearing to be “Weaving a better future for cotton,” as apparent from the posters released by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations. The theme looks at sustainable farming of cotton to help improve the lives of cotton workers, like laborers and smallholders and their families.
World Cotton Day History
The development and promotion of cotton cultivation are parts of the UN sustainable development goals. To meet these goals, the WTO (World Trade Organization), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the ITC (International Trade Centre) undertook a joint initiative on cotton by-products. The initiative offers assistance to the “Cotton-4” nations, which are Burkina Faso, Chad, Benin, Mali, and other cotton-producing countries in Africa, to develop cotton by-products and markets.
In response to a formal appeal by the Cotton-4 countries to the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly), on October 7, 2019, the WTO Secretariat, in collaboration with Secretariats of the ICAC (International Cotton Advisory Committee), FAO, ITC, and UNCTAD, hosted the first WCD (World Cotton Day) event in Geneva.
World Cotton Day Significance
World Cotton Day is observed across the globe through events that disseminate knowledge and give assistance to cotton farmers, processors, researchers, and others about cotton production and marketing.