Taking key experiences into the future
In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ through GIZ) and the DEG decided to provide additional financing to extend the work of the Cotton made in Africa Initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) for enhancing the living and working conditions of African smallholder cotton farmers.
After nine years of support activities, this Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) ended in late 2016. Under the COMPACI programme, 22 African cotton companies and 800,000 smallholder cotton farmers in 12 countries were supported on their road to sustainable cotton production according to the Cotton made in Africa sustainability standard.
The Cotton Expert House Africa was founded in the wake of the COMPACI programme and builds on many years of experience and partnerships with African cotton companies. The Aid by Trade Foundation, holder of the Cotton made in Africa sustainability standard (CmiA) and GFA Consulting Group GmbH, a leading German consultancy firm for the implementation of international development projects, established the Cotton Expert House Africa in December 2016 to institutionalise and scale-up previous sustainability efforts.
The Cotton Expert House Africa is governed by an advisory board made up of various representatives from the sector, including public stakeholders, NGOs, sustainability standards, associations and private-sector African cotton companies.
We actively seek funding from international donor organisations, foundations, NGOs, private sector bodies and other organisations to support our activities for a sustainable cotton and textile industry in Africa.