All parties benefit

  • The smallholder farmers and their families are directly involved in project development and are given support in areas that can significantly improve their quality of life.
  • The bodies that fund the programme help improve living conditions in these communities and can use impact measurements and pictures to report on how the projects meet their ecological and social commitments.
  • All those involved bring genuine added value to the cotton-growing regions of Africa through the programme.

Get involved

The CmiA Community Cooperation Programme is a success story that you can continue to write as a Demand Alliance partner. Do you want to become a funding partner or apply to the programme? Feel free to contact us via e-mail: info@abt-foundation.org

Health

2.1 billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, while 4.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. As a consequence, children under the age of five in particular suffer from illnesses that are often fatal. Every year, 361,000 children under the age of five die from diarrhoea.* In many of CmiA’s project regions in sub-Saharan Africa, poor hygiene conditions are common. Furthermore, the health care systems in most of these countries are not as developed as they should be, especially when dealing with the aforementioned conditions, resulting in the spread of illnesses that are frequently fatal. Two of the main reasons that many regions still have an alarmingly high rate of infant death are contaminated water and poor hygiene: the issues that are addressed by CmiA’s local projects.

So-called WASH projects (water, sanitation, and hygiene) involve the construction of sanitation facilities, the training of the local population in basic hygiene measures, and the installation of boreholes to supply villages with safe drinking water. These measures help prevent serious diseases and can be lifesaving in areas with very basic health care.

Alongside these WASH-projects, the construction and equipping of health centres also contributes to raising the general level of healthcare in project areas.

  • CȎTE D‘IVOIRE
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company COIC) – 2016/17
      Construction of four boreholes providing a better supply of clean drinking water and reducing the time and labour needed for carrying water—supplying a total of 5,160 inhabitants across four villages.
    • Health Centre (in cooperation with the cotton company SECO) – 2017
      The infirmary in the village of Ouangolodoudou was expanded and provided with equipment. In addition to the ginnery workers and their family members, the rest of the regional population (a total of around 5,000 people) are now able to benefit from the facility.
  • MOZAMBIQUE
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company Plexus, OTTO, CARE, the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) – 2015/16
      In 20 villages located in the cotton-growing region of Cabo Delgado a total of 10 wells were repaired, 10 new wells were built, and sanitation facilities were constructed in 15 schools, benefitting around 5,000 pupils.
  • ZAMBIA
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company NWK) – 2016-2018
      Around 4,000 people in the region of Katete benefit from improved hygiene through the construction of four wells and 40 latrines.
  • ZIMBABWE
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company Alliance, Welthungerhilfe, and OTTO Austria) – 2015-2017
      Clean drinking water, toilets and about 10,000 hygiene ambassadors improve living conditions for the rural population in a total of 20 villages.
  • TANZANIA
    • Health Centre (in cooperation with the cotton company Alliance) – 2016
      To reduce infant mortality and secure the supply of medicine and clean drinking water, the existing health service for the Kasoli community (about 16,000 inhabitants) was improved.
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company Alliance) – 2017/2018
      The construction of five boreholes and five systems for rainwater collection ensure clean drinking water is available for domestic and agricultural use in the municipality of Kasoli.
  • CȎTE D‘IVOIRE
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company COIC and retailer Bonprix) – 2018/2019
      The construction of five boreholes at five primary schools across four villages improved the supply of clean drinking water while reducing the time and effort needed to carry water. Seven primary schools received three latrines each, making a total of 21 latrines built across four villages to improve general hygiene in and around the schools. In order to secure the long-term success of the project, training sessions on hygienic behaviour are held for schoolchildren and the village community.
  • BURKINA FASO
    • WASH (in cooperation with the cotton company Faso Coton) – 2018/2019
      Lack of water and extreme drought stalk Burkino Faso. Only 0.1 percent of the country is covered with water. People, most often women, have to walk very long distance to get to the nearest source of clean water. Often, they only get access to only rainwater or pools of water, which results in the spread of diseases. In cooperation with Faso Coton, water pumps were built in two villages. As a result, about 3,450 people gained access to clean drinking water. In addition, there are training sessions conducted in the villages covering the topics of drinking water, hygiene, and diseases.
  • CȎTE D‘IVOIRE
    • Construction of water pumps (in cooperation with the cotton company Ivoire Coton) – since April 2019
      The cotton company Ivoire Coton operates in many areas where there is no clean drinking water available. During dry seasons, women have to walk long distances to rivers to fetch water. In addition to the time and physical effort required, the entire population suffers from unhealthy water. In cooperation with Ivoire Coton, water pumps will be installed in the affected areas. In addition, awareness-raising workshops will be held upon construction of the pumps.

EDUCATION

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have a high rate of illiteracy. Purely practical considerations are often responsible for the lack of education: in many cases, the closest school is simply too far away, buildings are dilapidated and no longer usable, there is a lack of qualified teaching staff and school materials, and parents often cannot afford school fees for their children.

Through our social projects, not only do we provide children with access to education, but adults too. This is unusual in many African countries, since adults do not normally get any further opportunities to learn to read, write and do basic maths. At the same time, illiteracy impairs socio-economic development in many countries across the continent. This elementary knowledge is vital for smallholder cotton farmers because it enables them to take full advantage of the agricultural training, and other support measures, offered through projects developed in cooperation with CmiA. Education is therefore a key factor for implementing sustainable cultivation methods and thereby improving the living conditions of smallholder cotton farmers and their families.

  • BENIN
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company I.C.A. as well as the retailer Tchibo, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) – 2010-13
      The construction of seven schools and the installation of school canteens and school gardens as well as the provision of educational materials and equipment provides access to education to 760 children in Benin.
  • BURKINA FASO
    • Adult literacy (in cooperation with the cotton company Faso Coton, Welthungerhilfe, ORGANIC, the retailer OTTO Austria and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG))
      More than 5,300 smallholder farmers in the Bazéga region got access to elementary education in reading, writing and maths through this educational project. More than half of the farmers were women.
  • ZAMBIA
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company Cargill and retailer Tchibo) – 2014
      The construction of eight new schools as well as various repairs to two existing school buildings gave 2,900 children a chance to receive an education. The project also funded the construction of school gardens, sanitation facilities and a total of 17 wells.
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company NWK, Otto Group and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)) – 2015
      The construction of eight new schools as well as various repairs to two existing school buildings gave children in rural areas access to education.
  • TANZANIA
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company Alliance) – 2018
      Six different elementary and secondary schools were extended, with the provision of 12 classrooms, a dorm room for female students, and 30 gender-specific latrines. In addition, the project funds school tables and benches, benefiting more than 600 children.
  • CAMEROON
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company SOEDECOTON) – 2018
      There are very few elementary schools in cotton-growing regions in northern Cameroon. As a result, this region reports the lowest enrolment figures in the country. A school building was built with two classrooms and two latrines. Three teachers instruct around 150 children aged between five to eight years old at the elementary school.
  • UGANDA
    • Education of designers (in cooperation with production partner Finespinners) – since 2018
      Four local design graduates are to be taught by a designer who has experience in the European market. To make this possible, an in-house design studio is to be established, equipped with both hardware and design software.
  • TANZANIA
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company Alliance) – since 2018
      The school infrastructure in the Bariadi district in the Simiyu region is inadequate. With Alliance, a total of four classrooms and latrines will be built at two elementary schools. In addition, 80 tables and benches will be purchased, as well as a full-sized dormitory with sanitary facilities, beds, mattresses, and a kitchen. The measures benefit about 800 pupils.
  • NIGERIA
    • Improvement of school infrastructure (in cooperation with the cotton company Arewa) – since April 2019
      The infrastructure, especially in rural Babanna, is crumbling. Schools are in need of major refurbishment, and access to water and sanitation is inadequate. In addition, teachers themselves only have a basic education. Since April 2019, wells, latrines, and classrooms are being built and renovated. Teacher education is also being invested in, benefitting a total of 1,800 students and 40 members of the Women’s Centre. For the women, sewing machines are being purchased and training sessions will be organised (such as on sewing harvest bags).
  • CȎTE D‘IVOIRE
    • School building (in cooperation with the cotton company SECO) – since October 2018
      The Tchologo region is the fourth poorest region in Côte d’Ivoire. The enrolment rate is only about 35 percent. Since October 2018, the cotton company SECO has built a school with six classrooms, including a canteen. The construction of the school will give 300 pupils access to education. Latrines are also being built in other schools.

ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN

The improvement of living conditions in sub-Saharan Africa is directly linked to the advancement of women. Women do a very large proportion of the work in fields, and it is mainly women who run the household, take care of children, and look after the welfare of the whole family. To support women take steps towards economic and social independence, Cotton made in Africa and its partners cooperate within the framework of the CmiA Community Cooperation Programme to give financial start-up support to women cooperatives for income-producing activities, such as for livestock farming, to set up small village shops or for local food processing. Financial aid for starting new projects enables the women to set up their own enterprises and earn additional income. This investment benefits not only the women, but also their family members and village communities.

  • CȎTE D‘IVOIRE
    • Several measures for the advancement of women (in cooperation with the cotton company Ivoire Coton, C&A and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)) – 2011/2012
      Start-up support for income-generating activities such as livestock farming, village shops or local food processing for 1,250 women and 12,500 family members.
  • ZAMBIA
    • Women’s project for chicken breeding (in cooperation with the cotton company Alliance) – 2016/2017
      The Mukuyu women’s club in the Chisamba community was supplied with 500 chickens, with material to construct a stable, and with starting capital for feed and medicine. All club members also received training in all relevant aspects of chicken farming.
    • Women’s project for goat breeding (in cooperation with the cotton company CGL Parrogate) – 2016/2017
      The Shakunkama women’s club in the Nampundere community was supplied with: material to construct a livestock enclosure, 260 goats of which 60 are billies for breeding, starting capital for feed, funds for veterinary costs, and medicines/vaccinations. All club members were also trained in goat farming.
    • Women’s project for goat breeding (in cooperation with the cotton companies Alliance & Corman) – 2017/2018
      The Tuyandane women’s club in the Nampunwe community (which has around 800 inhabitants) was supplied with materials to construct a stable, as well as with 40 goats of which 5 males are billies for breeding, medicines and starting capital for feed. All club members were also trained in goat farming.
  • UGANDA
    • Women projects: Maize Mill and Borehole (in cooperation with the cotton company WUCC) – 2017/18
      Back in 2014, the Thuhambenko women’s group in Rwengaju initiated a maize milling project with 90 female farmers. The women consolidated their money earned from cotton harvesting to buy a piece of land of 2,500 m², to construct a temporary shed and to install a maize mill. The mill was provided by the government and began operation in September 2016. To secure the long-term success of the project, WUCC and CmiA have now funded a durable and weather-resistant building for better storage of machines and produce.
      In addition, a well was drilled to reduce the women’s everyday burdens, as they are often responsible for fetching water.
  • CȎTE D‘IVOIRE
    • Improvement of water supplies and cooking stoves (in cooperation with the cotton company CIDT)
      The village of Tondeni has fertile soil, attracting many more cotton producers to migrate to the area. The drinking water supply is insufficient for the population. In cooperation with CIDT, water pumps and energy-efficient cooking stoves are being built. Approximately 250 people will get access to clean drinking water, and the construction of the approximately 20 improved clay ovens will reduce the time-consuming task of finding wood.
  • CAMEROON
    • Improvement of living conditions for women and girls (in cooperation with the cotton company Sodecoton)
      There are very few primary schools in the cotton-growing regions of northern Cameroon, which means that these regions have the lowest enrolment rates in the country. In particular, girls are not sent to school. Furthermore, there are an insufficient number of treatment rooms in the health centre, which means that pregnant women do not receive nursing care. In cooperation with Sodecoton, two classrooms and two treatment rooms in the health centre will be built. Furthermore, four latrines are being built in the immediate proximity of the health centre.
  • ZAMBIA
    • Diverse Measures for the advancement of women – since October 2018
      In order to create new sources of income in rural regions, three Women’s Clubs have been funded in close cooperation with cotton company Grafax since October 2018. One example is a poultry farm to enable women to generate their own income.
      In cooperation with the cotton company Alliance, women also received support in order to cultivate a cotton field together since October 2018. In addition, Alliance supports the women to launch additional income-generating activities.
      In cooperation with the cotton company Continental Ginneries Limited, another three Women’s Clubs have been sponsored since November 2018 (to develop a grocery store, to acquire an oil press and to develop a poultry business).
      Since October 2018 partly existing Women’s Clubs have been revitalized and got support for other income-generating activities such as goat and pig breeding in cooperation with Highlands Cotton Trading.

ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION

Our image of Africa is that of a continent with unique scenery and exotic wildlife. The rich and varied flora and fauna are some of the continent’s most valuable resources—and yet they are highly endangered. Where agriculture meets natural environments that require protection, there is a particular need for projects that meet the demands of the various stakeholders and help preserve African natural resources for future generations. The CmiA Community Cooperation Programme is committed to meeting this challenge, and it is running environment and conservation projects in the regions where CmiA cotton is grown.

  • ETHIOPIA
    • Solar Power (in cooperation with the cotton company ECPGEA) – 2016-2018
      In the North Gondar region, 75 percent of the Farmer Training Centres (FTCs) are not connected to the local electricity grid. In order to be able to conduct training in the evenings, ten FTCs were equipped with solar power systems that supply power for lighting and computer usage. Such access to electricity improves the training facilities, especially during the cultivation period (when work is undertaken on fields during the day, and training is conducted in the evenings).

  • MOZAMBIQUE
    • Return system for pesticide containers:
      The professional disposal of pesticide containers is especially difficult in rural areas. Although the farmers are educated about the risks to their own health and the environment, an environmentally-sound method for disposing of empty containers is usually not available. In cooperation with the cotton company SAN JFS, 185 “Eco-Points” (collection points) have been set up since April 2019, where farmers can deliver empty containers. 220 women selected by their communities receive special training to supervise the stations. Both the farmers and the women receive a bonus payment for returned containers from the cotton company, SAN JFS. The company collects the containers from the collection points at regular intervals and sells them to recycling companies in the area. The proceeds will be reinvested to fund the continuation of the project. These measures benefit up to 20,000 farmers from surrounding communities.