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Cotton Made in Africa

Updated: Dec 2020

Stakeholders

  • Testing and standards professionals
  • Textile fiber cultivation professional
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

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Cotton made in Africa, an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation, is one of the world’s leading standards for sustainably produced cotton. Their goal is to help people help themselves, via trade, in order to improve the living and working conditions of smallholder farmers in Africa and to protect the environment.

The organization works with a wide-ranging network in cotton-growing countries, including numerous partners throughout the textile value chain as well as both governmental and non-governmental organisations, to ensure the implementation of the standard and the proper processing of certified raw materials throughout the world.

Their work is built on the three pillars of sustainability - People, Planet and Prosperity. Cotton made in Africa supports smallholder farmers and is committed to protecting soil, water, biodiversity by facilitating access to high-quality equipment that actively improves productivity and fibre quality.

Read more: Cotton Made in Africa

Topics

Measuring performance against the sustainability criteria for cotton production processes

Development of standards associated criteria and audit system for sustainable cotton farming

Auditing and verification of environmentally friendly cotton production in small holder farms

Training for cotton cultivation methods that contribute to protecting species diversity

Sustainable cotton growth consultation with research institutes

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