traceability

Brazilian cotton has a reliable origin

With the need to meet buyers’ demands regarding the guarantee of origin of the raw material and the most transparent and reliable relationships, Abrapa created its own tracking system in 2004: the SAI – Abrapa Identification System. The Brazilian cotton classification model was based on the system implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is used as an international standard and accepted by all major producers and consumers.

Each bale of Brazilian cotton carries a code with a unique numerical sequence, which allows tracking by the buyer and bears the following identification information: farm, crop year, ginning plant, laboratory and HVI test results. It also informs whether the cotton has been certified by the Responsible Brazilian Cotton (ABR) program and licensed by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which attest to the sustainability of the cotton.

trace Brazilian cotton by barcode

 

the Brazilian cotton grower

“Better Cotton in Brazil” video, produced in 2013, about small and large cotton producers.

 

farms that grow and export sustainable Brazilian cotton, by state

Bahia
Abapa – Bahia Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 2000
80 ABR certified farms
77 BCI licensed farms
20.9% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Goiás
Agopa – Goiás Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 1999
40 ABR certified farms
40 BCI licensed farms
2.7% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Maranhão
Amapa – Maranhão Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 2002
02 ABR certified farms
02 BCI licensed farms
1.7% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Minas Gerais
Amipa – Minas Gerais Association of Cotton Producers – Created in 1999
13 ABR certified farms
13 BCI licensed farms
2.7% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Mato Grosso
Ampa – Mato Grosso Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 1997
230 ABR certified farms
217 BCI licensed farms
67.5% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Mato Grosso do Sul
Ampasul – Mato Grosso do Sul Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 1999
11 ABR certified farms
08 BCI licensed farms
2.4% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Piauí
Amipa – Piauí Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 2006
05 ABR certified farms
05 BCI licensed farms
0.9% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

Sao Paulo
APPA – São Paulo Association of Cotton Growers – Created in 1999
03 ABR certified farms
03 BCI licensed farms
1.0% of production
Farm – Grower – City – State

the history


Brazilian cotton has a curious history of resilience and innovation. According to historical reports, local indigenous people used cotton fibers to produce yarns and rustic fabrics. But in 1750 the country discovered the commercial potential of its agricultural production and cotton became a sort of white gold for the domestic economy.

until the 1980s

Brazil was one of the world's largest producers and exporters of cotton.

late 1980s

early 1990s

The boll weevil spread across the fields destroying entire crops, causing families to lose everything and the Brazilian production to drop by more than 60%. This was one of the worst crises caused by a pest in cotton farming in the world.

late 1990s

Cotton crops are resumed and Abrapa (Brazilian Association of Cotton Growers) is created. The Association is responsible for uniting producers from all over Brazil.

2004

Creation of Abrapa's traceability system in which each Brazilian cotton bale carries a code with a unique numerical sequence that makes it possible to track bales and also bears the following identification information: grower, crop year, ginning plant, laboratory, and HVI test results.

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2005

Start of the sustainability pillar for Brazilian cotton, which since 2013 has worked in tandem with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). In 2020 Brazil became the first country in the world to also certify the Cotton Ginning Plants.

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2016

Development of the quality pillar based on monitoring programs for HVI laboratories, ensuring full transparency for the Brazilian cotton information.

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2020

Production in Brazil offers traceability, sustainability, quality, and year-round availability.

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