CmiA: From the niche to the mass market

WDEV Special Report 1/2014

Eight years ago three pilot projects were launched and a new textile label was born: Cotton made in Africa (CmiA). Those pilot projects have since developed into a comprehensive program. 486,000 farmers in five African countries had been verified according to the CmiA standard by the end of 2012. That year they produced 184,000 tons of cotton fiber. The program currently plans to add at least 180,000 more smallholder farmers and extend to ten different countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. By 2015 the program is projected to reach at least 4.6 million people in rural regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. This would make it one of the largest programs for fighting poverty in which the German Development Cooperation is involved. An interim report by ROGER PELTZER.

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This WDEV Special Report (1/2014), Cotton made in Africa (CmiA): From the niche to the mass market, can be downloaded as open content >>> here.

The report is published on behalf of the Competitive African Cotton Initiative, a DEG, GIZ and AbTF program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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