An estimated 5,400 smallholder farmers in Uganda are now benefiting from the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) and its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, which aims to improve the farmers’ living conditions through sustainable farming.
Tina Stridde, managing director of CmiA, said, “We are delighted to be able to cooperate with smallholder farmers from Uganda and to assist them with training as well as the creation of a demand alliance for their cotton with the CmiA seal. This benefits local people and is a considerable success for our foundation with Uganda becoming the ninth country from Sub-Saharan Africa where we are actively supporting sustainable cotton farming and the rights of local farmers.”
Local farmers are receiving regular training on agricultural and business topics as partners of the foundation. In addition, farmers benefit from reliable contracts and prompt payment for their harvest. The foundation also aims to improve the competitiveness of cotton from Uganda.
With nearly 80 percent of Uganda’s population working in agriculture, cotton has become one of the main sources of income in the country’s rural areas. CmiA is contributing to the fight against poverty by establishing a sustainable basis for the cultivation of the ‘white gold’ for people and the environment.
CmiA cotton is expected to form the basis for fully integrated textile production, from the cotton field to the final product, through its cooperation with Fine Spinners — Uganda’s first fully integrated textile company.