The second regional workshop for Western and Central Africa organized by the Cotton Expert House Africa (CHA) in conjunction with INTERCOTON was held at the Palm Club Hotel in Abidjan on July 26th – 27th, 2018.
The workshop aims were to discuss about sustainable cotton certification and verification, to share sector information and experience with sustainable cotton production, and to capture important developments, challenges and intervention needs from the stakeholders.
60 cotton stakeholders attended the two-day workshop, coming from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Togo and Germany. These attendees originated from cotton companies, government bodies, ginners associations, farmer organizations, research institutes like the University of Korhogo, non-governmental organizations, sustainable cotton standards and international development entities like GIZ.
During the workshop, lively discussions were held on the key topics of sustainable cotton standards as well as on the benefits of sustainable cotton production and ways to get there. Moreover, some companies reported on their experiences with co-financing projects with the Cotton Expert House Africa. In thematic and regional working groups and during the afternoon business-to-business sessions, participants had the opportunity to exchange on relevant subjects and to share this information with the Cotton Expert House Africa.
For more details, please take a look at our more elaborate workshop report and at the thematic workshop presentations which are available on our knowledge management platform from now on.
The second regional workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa organised by the Cotton Expert House Africa (CHA) in conjunction with the Cotton Board of Zambia (CBZ) and the Zambia Cotton Ginners Association (ZCGA) was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka/Zambia on May 30th-31st, 2018. The objective of this workshop was to provide a platform for actors in the African cotton sector to network, share sector information and experience with sustainable cotton production, and identify collaboration opportunities with the Cotton Expert House Africa.
The two-day workshop attracted 55 cotton stakeholders from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Ethiopia, Germany and the host country Zambia; mainly from cotton companies, government bodies, ginners associations, farmer organisations, research institutes, non-governmental organisations, sustainable cotton standards and international development entities like GIZ and the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The workshop was opened during a welcome dinner on May 29th by Mr. Stanislaus Chisakuta, Deputy Director of the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Dafulin Kaonga, Executive Director of the Cotton Board of Zambia, and Mr. Jan Sass, Managing Director of the Cotton Expert House Africa. In his opening remarks, the representative for the Zambian Minister for Agriculture especially emphasized the commitment of the Zambian Government to support the cotton sector from farm to cloth in order to create more job opportunities in the country.
During the workshop, lively discussions were held on the key topic of sustainable cotton standards and verification processes, especially with regard to information on standards such as CmiA and Organic. Moreover, some companies reported on their experiences with co-financing projects with the Cotton Expert House Africa. For more details, please take a look at our more elaborate workshop report.
In thematic and regional working groups and during the afternoon business-to-business sessions, participants had the opportunity to exchange on relevant topics and share this information with the Cotton Expert House Africa for follow-up.
The thematic workshop presentations are made available on our knowledge management platform.
“A sustainable basis for the global textile value chain” was the topic of this year’s African Cotton Conference jointly hosted by the Cotton Expert House Africa and the Aid by Trade Foundation/ Cotton made in Africa on 08.-11.November 2017 in Cotonou/Benin. The pan-African stakeholder conference, opened by S.E. Abdoulaye Bio Tchane – Minister of State/ Ministry of Planning and Development of the Republic of Benin – during the welcome dinner, offered ninety participants from more than twenty African cotton companies, international traders and retailers, donor organizations and NGOs the opportunity to exchange about sustainability in the African cotton sector.
During the first conference day organized by the Cotton Expert House Africa, the participants focused their attention on how to improve sustainable cotton production in the field. During the second conference day hosted by the Aid by Trade Foundation ways to push the marketing of CmiA-certified sustainable cotton along the international chain of custody was the central topic.
Mr. Jan Sass, managing director of the Cotton Expert House Africa, led through the first day of presentations and discussion rounds and gave an overview of the activities of the Cotton House and the way forward. A kick-off presentation by the GIZ COMPACI consultant Mr. Michael Jenrich on quantified benefits of extensions services and stronger focus on cost-profit and viability models for monitoring set the basis for the first day. Ralph Elsäßer, an international freelance ICT-expert, built on that and presented examples of how to use information and communication technology (ICT) for information sharing, contracting, input, plantation and pest management as well as for marketing and mobile payment in the cotton sector. In a panel discussion with Mr. Boaz Ogola from the Alliance Group Tanzania, Mr. Didier Vergereau from Geocoton West Africa and Mr. Carsten Friedland from SAP Germany, the panelists and the audience discussed the experience of different cotton companies with ICT-based systems. In the breakout sessions after lunch, Mr. Fahmy Omar from Silicon Valley Solutions (Kenya), Mr. Didier Vergereau from Geocoton and Mr. Carsten Friedland from SAP (Germany) presented their technical solutions for rural sourcing and information management in the cotton sector and other value chains. In parallel, the cotton expert Dr. Ben Sekamatte and the regional director for the Cotton Expert House Africa for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mr. Tom Apina, presented findings from a C&A-funded bio pesticide project in Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia and introduced the concept of a common training center approach.
All presentations from the first conference day are available in English and French through the knowledge management platform of the Cotton Expert House Africa: Knowledge management platform.
To continue the tradition of an annual pan-African stakeholder conference in 2018, we would like to announce that next year the conference of the Cotton Expert House Africa will take place 31.10.-03.11.2018 in Kampala/Uganda. The team of the Cotton Expert House Africa House is very much looking forward to seeing you all there!
If you would like to provide some feedback on this year’s event or suggest some topics of relevance for next year’s annual stakeholder conference, we much appreciate if you drop us a line on email@example.com.