In the country of Côte d’Ivoire in western Africa, the CIDT cotton company is working to improve small-scale farmers’ living conditions by promoting their health, opening up access to education, and offering women special support. Since 2019, CIDT has been benefiting from co-operation with the CmiA Community Cooperation Programme (CCCP).
The woman in charge of implementing and supervising CmiA criteria at CIDT can be found in its department for sustainable development, where Haissata Kaba is the head of the department for projects and partnerships. She also oversees support activities for the cotton farmers, for their village communities, and for women as a group.
The CIDT cotton company wants to improve the lives of small-scale farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. Which successes have left the biggest impression on you in the past year?
Working with the CmiA Community Cooperation Programme (CCCP) is a big help. It has already allowed fantastic projects to be implemented. For example, a water pump was built in the village of Todeni (Mankono). The village residents, who used to have to walk a long way to get drinking water, now have clean water nearby. This lets them stay healthier and focus on their work and their families. In another project, an ecological school is being built in the village of Nawokaha. The special thing about this school is that the pupils learn about the agricultural aspects of planting and maintaining their own vegetable gardens in addition to the normal syllabus.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on all of our lives. How has it changed CIDT’s work and the lives of the farmers?
The Ivorian government introduced restrictive measures at the beginning of the pandemic, for example proscribing gatherings and intercity travel. This had an enormous impact on the economy. CIDT had to reduce its activities in the fields to a minimum. Demand for cotton for export cratered.