Mapping the cotton value chain in Pakistan: A preliminary assessment for identification of climate vulnerabilities & pathways to adaptation
Batool, Samavia; Saeed, Fahad | May 2017
As part of the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE) project, this working paper aims to analyse existing data on the cotton and textile sector in Pakistan, and identify horizontal and vertical linkages2 within the cotton value chain (CVC). A broader objective of the PRISE project is to reduce poverty through increased climate resilience and inclusive economic growth. This research into climate implications for business, as well as other sectors, applies the value chain approach. It focuses on understanding the stakeholders that operate within the cotton sector (from input suppliers to end market buyers), the policy environment in which they function, and the entire process of textile manufacturing and export. This approach was chosen to understand the consequences of climate risks as well as the adaptation measures needed to cope with adverse impacts in order to ensure the resilience of all actors involved in the value chain. Analysis based on literature and discussions with stakeholders suggests a negative association between climate change impacts and cotton production. Cotton production in Pakistan has suffered huge losses due to various climate extremes in the past 35 years. Major impacts of climate change can be observed for both upstream (spinning, weaving etc.) and downstream (cotton producers, ginners etc.) actors/industries. Analysis also reveals that governance can play a major role in increasing resilience to climate risks such as floods and droughts.
CitationBatool, Samavia; Saeed, Fahad. 2017. Mapping the cotton value chain in Pakistan: A preliminary assessment for identification of climate vulnerabilities & pathways to adaptation. © Sustainable Development Policy Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/7035.
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