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Published on Monday, 08 August 2016

Ethiopia cotton concerns addressed in report

Written by John Mowbray

UTRECHT – A new report commissioned by H&M and Dutch Government has outlined the serious sustainability and environmental challenges faced by the cotton sector in Ethiopia. The report looked at six cotton regions and found all of them face severe environmental challenges due to a lack of awareness, knowledge and capacity of the local work force. The report also found there is an over use of pesticides and chemicals causing environmental pollution, as well as water management issues, with an excessive use of water through irrigation systems.