Goals of the Cotton made in Africa Standards
The CmiA standards are composed of the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) and the Cotton made in Africa-Organic (CmiA-Organic) Standard. They were designed to improve the living conditions of African smallholders and promote environmentally friendly cotton production. In order to maintain this value proposition, standards with social, environmental, and economic criteria were developed. The criteria of CmiA standards reflect the actual sustainability requirements for growing and processing cotton in the participating African partner countries from the field to the gin.
The two-tier requirements issued by the CmiA standards contain exclusion criteria that determine whether the smallholder farmers and cotton companies may generally participate in the Cotton made in Africa program. In addition, they must adhere to a range of sustainability criteria. They do not need to meet them all immediately, but they are required to develop improvement plans and to demonstrate the progress in development towards sustainable production. Using a traffic light system, the implementation status is awarded a "red", "yellow", or "green" rating, with green representing sustainable management.
Verification and impact monitoring create transparency
Regular verification conducted by independent third parties ensure compliance with the standard criteria. Aggregated results from the verification reports provide information on verification in the African project areas. They document whether the exclusion criteria have been observed and the degree to which sustainability criteria are met, and provide transparency. To check whether the CmiA standards and its objectives have been achieved, a specially designed impact monitoring system determines to what extent the living and working conditions of cotton farmers have improved through their participation in Cotton made in Africa. Get to know about the impact measurement here.