In this online training, experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Uzstandard Agency, Textile and germent industry Association, cotton and textile clusters, agronomists and farmers learned about the organic cotton system, main requirements for organic cotton growing, organic cotton standards, certification processes and procedures, at the same time they improved their skills and exchanged experiences with international and local experts.

The training was conducted by Mr. Gian Nicolay, an expert from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) and Mr. Abdulatib Khaldarov, a local expert on organic cotton production.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The main objective of the project is to support the development of a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable cotton production system, including the primary processing system in the country. To this end, the project will create strategic alliances along the entire cotton supply chain and support partners to help farmers improve their production systems. Special attention will be paid to growing and processing systems that help implement international standards for sustainable development (BCI, Organic Cotton and others).

For information: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation) is a German federal organization with operations in 120 countries. GIZ supports the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the field of international cooperation for sustainable devel-opment.
GIZ has been implementing projects in Uzbekistan since 1992. Within the framework of international coopera-tion GIZ supports reforms in the field of economics, health care and natural resources. Sustainable economic development and health are priorities for cooperation between Germany and Uzbekistan.