Cotton is one of the most important fibre crops in the global textile industry. But many of the cotton farmers at the bottom of the very lucrative garment industry supply chain, do not receive a living income.

by Martine Parry

Globally, up to 100 million smallholder farmers depend on cotton for their income. They are, however, at the very bottom of the garment industry chain, largely invisible and without a voice, ignored by a trillion-dollar industry that cannot exist without their produce.