Helping African Smallholder Farmers To Help Themselves Through Regular Knowledge Transfer
Through agricultural and business training Cotton made in Africa provides participating smallholder farmers the opportunity to improve their living conditions and those of their families on their own and to grow cotton according to the Cotton made in Africa standards. The acquired knowledge will help farmers to improve the quality of their cotton to achieve higher crop yields, and to manage their fields in a way that protects people and nature in the long term - the fundamentals of the value proposition of Cotton made in Africa. The training courses are always tailored to the needs of each smallholder farmer and to the regional conditions in the different project countries.
Women receive a special role. In addition to their work in the field, they also take care of raising the children, and the general welfare of the entire family. They receive a great deal of support through a variety of measures, their rights are reinforced, for example by tailoring training content to the needs of female participants.
As a partner of CmiA, the Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) is responsible for teaching the course content, and the cotton companies are entrusted locally with conducting the training measures. Both are co-financed by CmiA. A pan-African knowledge transfer supported by CmiA is aimed at facilitating the further exchange and spread of new knowledge among the partners. The training units are based on the following pillars:
1. Basic farming techniques and farming practices designed to protect people and the environment.