Nelifa Miti is a CmiA farmer and member of the Women Cotton Club in Zambia.
Photo: © C. Hansen/AbTF

07.03.2014

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A total of 85,000 women farmers in the cotton-growing areas of sub-Saharan Africa are currently benefiting from the Cotton Made in Africa programme, the initiative reports ahead of United Nations World Women’s Day on the 8th March. Training and access to credits enable the women to earn their own income.

"Since women play a major role in providing their families with food, measures to strengthen the role of women always improve the situation of the entire family in addition. Children in particular benefit the most from this," says Tina Stridde, Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation. This is why the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative has joined forces with partners at local level, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) to support and strengthen the rights of women in the Programme.

Training, funding and awareness raising

The initiatives include adapting training in sustainable cotton production to the needs of female participants and training female cotton farmers to become lead farmers in order to strengthen their role within the training groups. Employees of the cotton companies receive training in gender equality, and women’s representatives are established as regular contacts in the company.

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