Mapping the cotton value chain in Pakistan: a preliminary assessment for climate vulnerabilities and pathways to adaptation


This research into the implications of climate change for the cotton sector in Pakistan focuses on understanding the stakeholders who operate within the cotton sector – from input suppliers to end market buyers, the policy environment in which they function, and the process of textile manufacturing and export.

The value chain approach was chosen to understand the consequences of climate risks, as well as the adaptation measures needed, to cope with adverse impacts to ensure the resilience of all actors involved in the cotton value chain.

This report is part of PRISE Project 3 and aims to identify opportunities for economic transformation and diversification in the semi-arid lands of PRISE countries, by integrating sectors rooted in semi-arid lands into national economies. The project takes a three-step, innovative, common methodology – called Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VC-ARID) – to identify climate risk, adaptation options and opportunities for private sector development in Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Ethiopia – specifically for the livestock and cotton sectors.



Image: Women decontaminating cotton in Faisalabad, Pakistan, by Rajeshree Sisodia/PRISE