Basic cultivation techniques
Agricultural practices for the protection and conservation of soil and water, i.e. how to minimise surface run-off and erosion and to improve cultivation and protection of plants. That includes measures for controlled, minimal use of pesticides.
Animal husbandry and tilling the soil with draught animals
The importance of the focus on adult education, especially basic literacy programmes, has been shown by the data of the World Development Report for many years. The Cotton made in Africa project countries are among the countries that rate worst in the results. Economic development and growth in these countries is impaired by the high proportion of employees who can neither read nor write. This problem is also apparent in the Cotton made in Africa Initiative – many of the smallholder farmers cannot make full use of the potential of training or other support programmes because they cannot make notes, or read information material or instructions.
The Initiative gives support to companies that purchase Cotton made in Africa in marketing and communication. It provides POS materials and offers attractive cooperation opportunities in press work.
Cotton made in Africa also supports its retail partners in further processing of cotton, for example in search for spinning mills and textile manufacturers. For this purpose the Aid by Trade Foundation maintains a Global Sourcing unit, available to the retail companies and production units worldwide as a service provider. This activity is supported by clothing experts who ensure constant availability of CmiA cotton and yarns in the markets of Bangladesh, China and Turkey. The advantage is that companies have rapid access at any time to the cotton they need for their local garment production.
The Sourcing department of Cotton made in Africa also regularly runs workshops – for example it gives participants from the import offices of the partner companies on how Cotton made in Africa can be easily used, without additional cost, in the company’s production and retailing chain.