Cotton made in Africa

Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable cotton from Africa. Since 2005, CmiA has been committed to protecting the environment while improving working and living conditions for smallholder farmers and ginnery workers.

Aid by Trade

Aid by Trade Foundation

Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) is a Hamburg-based foundation established by Prof. Dr. Michael Otto. It administers the Cotton made in Africa standard with the goal of protecting valuable resources, improving living conditions, and ensuring the viability of future generations through sustainable action…

Sustainability Standards

The CmiA standards include sustainability criteria for cotton, with independent auditors regularly monitoring for compliance.


CmiA in figures for the year 2022

total CmiA cotton harvest (ginned, in t)
900,000 about
smallholder farmers
CmiA trading partners
total CmiA cotton harvest (ginned, in t)
smallholder farmers
CmiA trading partners

CmiA Community Cooperation programme

With the CmiA Community Cooperation Programme, the initiative is working together with local cotton companies and textile companies to improve living conditions beyond sustainable cotton cultivation in the areas of health, education, women’s empowerment, environment and nature conservation.


Training for smallholders is at the heart of Cotton made in Africa’s work and includes both agricultural and business management training.

African Cotton

Cotton is one of the most important raw materials for textiles. The African continent is one of the world’s largest producers.

Project Regions

Africa is a huge continent – larger than the USA, China, India, Japan, and Europe put together. CmiA is active in many countries on the continent, from Benin to Tanzania.

Interview with Vassirki Kone – Head of Studies and Projects at Ivoire Coton
Interview with Vassirki Kone – Head of Studies and Projects at Ivoire Coton

“Working with CmiA has made it possible for us to certify that our cotton production meets a recognised sustainability standard”. An interview with Vassirki Kone – Head of Studies and Projects at Ivoire Coton.

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