CmiA works with more than 695,000 small-scale farmers in nine countries, training them in sustainable growing methods, business management and social issues such as child labour and gender equality. More than 280,000 tonnes of ginned CmiA-certified cotton were harvested in 2016, making CmiA the biggest sustainable cotton label in Africa. About 30% of all cotton production in sub-Saharan Africa is now CmiA certified.
More than 5.7 million people from CmiA countries of production benefit from the initiative.
The average CmiA farmer grows cotton on a plot of about 1.5 hectares. Cotton is one of the principal sources of income for smallholder families in sub-Saharan Africa.
By comparison with the global average for conventional cotton, each kilo of CmiA cotton saves more than 2,100 litres of water and causes up to 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Some 30 companies in the textile and fashion sectors that source Cotton made in Africa cotton for their products put about 50 million CmiA textiles on the market. The revenue from licence fees per textile increased by comparison with the previous year (+47%).
CmiA is globally represented and available through the worldwide network of 13 cotton traders and 69 CmiA-registered spinning mills and textile producers.