The Cotton by-Products Project - unlocking the hidden value

Reducing inequalities by transferring technology and know-how for the development of cotton by-products in African LDCs.

Cotton by-products represent an untapped opportunity for African countries to increase the benefits they derive from their cotton production. Cotton is grown mainly for its fibre, or lint - the raw material in cotton textiles. Nevertheless, commercial applications exist for other parts of the cotton plant, such as the stalks, husks, cottonseed and short-staple fibres. In some countries, such as China, India and the USA, by-products from the non-lint parts of the plant have been commercialised, adding value and income, as well as reducing waste in the cotton value chain.

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