World Cotton Day
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Every year 7 October is celebrated as 'World Cotton Day' across the world.
World Cotton Day is celebrated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the important role of the cotton sector in international trade, economic development and poverty alleviation.
Cotton is considered a major source of livelihood and income for many rural laborers and stockholders, including women.
It provides employment and income to some of the poorest rural areas around the world.
The day promotes sustainable trade policies and enables developing countries to benefit from every stage of the cotton value chain.
India is the second largest producer and largest consumer of cotton in the world.
Background of the day
The initiative of World Cotton Day was started in 2019.
The day originated when four cotton producers in sub-Saharan Africa—Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali—known as the 'Cotton Four'—proposed to observe the day on 7 October every year in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The World Trade Organization hosted the launch of World Cotton Day on 7 October 2019 as an initiative of Cotton-4 countries.
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