The cotton farmers in Africa work closely with CmiA-verified cotton companies. As key partners for Cotton made in Africa, the cotton companies provide seeds and other inputs, train small-scale farmers in CmiA-compliant, sustainable cultivation methods, and purchase the harvested cotton before separating the fibres from the seeds, pressing them into balls, and selling them further up the textile chain.
In order to sell CmiA cotton, a business must hold a valid CmiA certificate. These certificates address both farming and ginning operations and are issued after a successful verification round. Certificates are valid for two years because the annual verifications alternate between the field and ginnery levels. Following a successful verification, a new certificate is issued, and the cycle begins anew.
The cotton companies can also join CmiA in promoting projects in the areas of education, health, women’s empowerment, the environment, and environmental protection; these projects benefit the village communities in a scope far exceeding that of cotton growing.