- Simone Preuss |
The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), Africa's largest cotton initiative, now offers organic cotton according to the CmiA Organic Standard for the first time as part of its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative.
"The new CmiA Organic Standard will benefit both the more than 9,000 successfully verified cotton farmers in Tanzania as well as textile companies worldwide as we are also working on market access for CmiA Organic cotton according to the market-oriented CmiA principles," explains Tina Stridde, the foundation's managing director, during the official announcement of the news at this year's Textile Exchange conference in Portland, USA.
AbTF was able to expand its portfolio after successfully verifying the Tanzanian cotton company BioSustain and thus now offers organic cotton according to the CmiA Organic Standard. In the poorest regions of rural Africa, cotton is one of the main sources of income.
The foundation is committed to integrating cotton originating from Africa into the textile industry with increasing success and makes sure that it is competitive on international markets.
The new standard combines the existing Eco Standard EC No. 834/2007 and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) with the social and economic CmiA criteria. The CmiA-Organic standard was developed by AbTF in close cooperation with independent experts for standard development, organic cotton farmers, local actors and the Textile Exchange.