Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)

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Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)

Cotton made in Africa is the first initiative by the Aid by Trade Foundation that was founded in 2005 by Dr. Michael Otto, Hamburg entrepreneur and chairman of the supervisory board of the Otto Group. As an independent foundation it aims to support African smallholder cotton farmers to help themselves through trade and thus to safeguard the conservation of vital natural resources and the viability of future generations in Africa.

At present, smallholder farmers from Benin, Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique take part in the program. At the core of this initiative is a “demand alliance” of global textile companies that buy sustainably produced African cotton specifically for the world market. Over twenty major textile companies are already a part of the Alliance. Cotton made in Africa is the first initiative by the Foundation to put aid by trade into practice.

In 2012 around 435,000 smallholder farmers from Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia participated in the programme. Since November 2012 the initiative also works in Zimbabwe. Last year around 20 million textiles made of Cotton made in Africa cotton entered the market, and the initiative anticipates around 24 million units this year.

Social Accountability International (SAI) is the official US-based representative for Cotton Made in Africa, introducing this initiative to American companies and helping them to start using the initiative's socially responsible cotton.

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Baroness Lola Young Joins the Aid by Trade Foundation Board of Trustees
British peer of the realm Baroness Lola Young joined the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) Board of Trustees on June 1st, 2013 and participated in her first board meeting Wednesday, June 12th. Led by AbTF’s founder Dr Michael Otto, the Board meets twice a year to ensure that the...
Jun 19, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Cotton Made in Africa Fashion Contest
To mark the occasion of the Cotton made in Africa Fashion Contest, design student Michelle Thornhill created a t-shirt that combines traditional African prints with modern design. The shirt is available at the OTTO online shop since April 23. Under the “Design instead of Jute” motto, the South African convinced the well-...
May 9, 2013 12:30 PM ET
Engelbert Strauss Supports Cotton Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa
Engelbert Strauss, the mail-order and retail company, is the latest Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demand partner. The cooperation represents CmiA’s first entry into the important work clothes market.
May 6, 2013 7:45 AM ET
Vlisco Group Sponsors Cotton made in Africa
Dutch fashion fabric producer Vlisco Group is to partner with Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA) and will be the initiative’s first partner to both produce and market its products to local consumers in Africa.  Initially this will be a traditional sponsoring relationship...
Apr 30, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Cotton Made in Africa: Exhibit Returns to Benin
The exhibit “Albert Watson: Visions feat. Cotton made in Africa” returns to its country of origin in two ways: a selection from the heart of the show – the portraits of the Cotton made in Africa smallholder farmers – is currently on display in public spaces in Cotonou as part of the Biennale...
Feb 21, 2013 10:00 AM ET