CmiA is an Aid by Trade organisation committed to raising the standard of living for cotton farmers in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is currently the fifth largest cotton exporter worldwide, with 3.4 million smallholder farmers in the region. Cotton thus plays a key role in fighting poverty for African communities and is a major contributor to food security.
CmiA educates farmers about efficient and encironmentally-friendly cultivation methods and provides them with opportunities to sell their product via CmiA's international alliance of textiles companies. With this knowledge, farmers can achieve higher yields and better quality cotton, leading to better prices and impoved incomes. Alliance members pay to use the licensing fee, with proceeds reinvested in CmiA's education compaigns.
CmiA provides independent auditing of garmers and certified facilities to ensure compliance with its core principles of ethical work practices and environmental sustainability.