In Brief

The retailer is partnering with local groups to plant seeds and grow trees in the hopes of restoring the industry as well as improving the environment

The Haitian cotton industry has been lacking for the past three decades due to corruption and dire farming practices. Timberland, along with local organization Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), is planning to revive the industry. If all turns out well, the team-up will help 34,000 farmer/operators double their income through a cotton industry.

The initial phase of the project will be a test. Strains of cotton trees from Brazil, India, the U.S. and Haiti  will be planted. Once researchers figure out which cotton tree adapts best and yields the most under the Haitian sun, widespread adoption can begin. Timberland, SFA and the Clinton Foundation are just some of the organizations who will pitch in by giving farmers the tools and training for a successful run.

To offer assurance, Timberland has also pledged to purchase up to one third of the produced cotton subject to the quality, price and volume of yield.

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SFA


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The Haitian cotton industry has been lacking for the past three decades due to corruption and dire farming practices. Timberland, along with local organization Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), is planning to revive the industry. If all turns out well, the team-up will help 34,000 farmer/operators double their income through a cotton industry.

The initial phase of the project will be a test. Strains of cotton trees from Brazil, India, the U.S. and Haiti  will be planted. Once researchers figure out which cotton tree adapts best and yields the most under the Haitian sun, widespread adoption can begin. Timberland, SFA and the Clinton Foundation are just some of the organizations who will pitch in by giving farmers the tools and training for a successful run.