Cotton is one of the main sources of income in the poorest regions of rural Africa.
Photo: @ AbTF

Cotton made in Africa puts organic cotton on the market

The Aid by Trade Foundation has established a new CmiA organic standard in awarding the biocertification to the Tanzanian cotton company BioSustain, thereby improving market access and social added-value added for African growers of organic cotton.

The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) is now the biggest cotton initiative in Africa. It is working on integrating sustainable cotton of African origin into the textile industry.  Following the successful verification of the Tanzanian cotton company BioSustain, organic cotton to CmiA Organic Standard is now also available on the market. „The new CmiA Organic Standard is an advance, both for the more than 9,000 successfully verified cotton growers in Tanzania and for textile companies worldwide, as under market-oriented CmiA principles we also work on market access for CmiA organic cotton“ explained Tina Stridde, Managing Director of the Foundation, at the official announcement of the new activity this November.

The Foundation highlighted that cotton is one of the main sources of income in the poorest regions of rural Africa. The Aid by Trade Foundation with its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) standard is working intensively on putting cotton growing on a sustainable footing for both humanity and nature. A new addition to its portfolio is CmiA organic cotton, with a new standard combining the existing EC Organic Regulation 834/2007 and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) with the social and economic criteria for Cotton made in Africa. By extending existing organic cotton standards to include the social and economic criteria of the existing CmiA standard, the Foundation has done more than just add ecological value to more regions of Africa. Through its social and economic components, it ensures increased incomes, a fair income for the farmers, measures to promote women, and investment, for example in school infrastructure. Another major goal of the organic cotton standard is to raise the competitiveness of organic cotton of African origin on international markets.

(CmiA/wi)

More Information:Cotton made in Africa  (in German)