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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.

Impacts

CmiA in figures for the year 2020

593,000
total CmiA cotton harvest (ginned, in t)
900,000 about
smallholder farmers
125,000,000
CmiA-labelled textiles on the market
total CmiA cotton harvest (ginned, in t)
smallholder farmers
CmiA-labelled textiles on the market
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Motsi Mabuse
CmiA ambassador, dancer und TV jury member

“We live in an incredibly fast-moving consumer society. Only when we are aware of the consequences of our own actions, we can assume responsibility and look to the future in a relaxed way. This is what I would like to raise awareness for, and CmiA shows the right path to reaching this goal.”

CmiA Worldwide

Cotton made in Africa–certified cotton is grown and ginned in Africa before being processed into textiles worldwide.

Training

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.

COVID-19 Initiative – CmiA smallholder farmers & ginnery workers benefit from immediate assistance
COVID-19 Initiative – CmiA smallholder farmers & ginnery workers benefit from immediate assistance

In order to set an early example in the fight against the spread of Corona in CmiA partner countries, the AbTF launched its own COVID-19 Initiative in April 2020.

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Contact Us

You can reach us at
info@abt-foundation.org or +49 (0)40 2576 755 0.
We look forward to hearing from you.