The Accelerating Organic Cotton in China by Replicating Behavioral Change initiative, implemented by RARE and funded by the C&A Foundation, had an implementation period from March 2016 through February 2019. The initiative had five programming objectives: 1) developing a partner implementation network using a hub-and-spoke approach; 2) implementing farmer training and delivery using a train-the-trainer and farmer field school model to promote organic cotton methods; 3) promoting sustainable behavior change; 4) creating sustainable models and lasting relationships based on agricultural best practices and full realization within the value chain; and 5) building demand for subsequent scale of organic production through the cultivation of networks and relationships with relevant governments and industry leaders to encourage and support investment in the scaling of organic cotton.
This evaluation assesses the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and results, and sustainability of the initiative. Qualitative and quantitative data from reports and interviews have been triangulated through site visits including observations, key informant interviews, and farmer interviews/group discussions. The evaluation also draws on selected key program indicators (KPI) and their evolution over the implementation period, comparing these indicators with program outcomes. The evaluation used data from the following two broad sources: 1) program documents and data provided by the C&A Foundation and Rare, and 2) views as triangulated among a variety of different stakeholders to be interviewed during the evaluation process. The evaluation contains sections on the background of the initiative, scope and methods of the evaluation including a ratings scale by criteria, findings, conclusions, lessons learned, and recommendations.