Raising Living and Working Standards of Cotton Workers in Africa

Ensuring health protection, productivity and fair prices for the cotton farmers of Burkina Faso and Zambia through partnership.

Cotton Made in Africa Alliance

Some 20 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa live from cotton-growing. Despite the good quality of the cotton, these small farmers are beset by problems of low international prices, delayed payments and lack of productivity. In addition to, the incorrect use of agricultural chemicals frequently endangers their health. The "Cotton made in Africa" alliance, set up in 2005 at the initiative of the Otto Group, aims at ensuring permanent availability of high-quality African cotton, securing small farmers' incomes and improving productivity and health protection. An alliance of textile traders meanwhile is promoting the introduction of minimum social and ecological standards in cotton production. Besides the Otto Group, a broad range of textile companies, DEG, GIZ (former GTZ), Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, the WWF and African cotton producers are involved. DEG supports the initiative with co-financing and its experience in investing in cotton-growing and processing. As a result, Burkina Faso and Zambia are set to become the stage for pilot projects by DEG partner companies in introducing minimum standards.


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Funding Agencies
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown
  • Otto Group

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Otto Group, established in 1949 and headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, is a multichannel retail group.

    The Otto Group’s activities are structured into three business segments -...

  • Accenture

    Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Accenture Plc is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business...

  • Aid by Trade Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) follows an innovative approach in development cooperation. Rather than sending money to Africa, the Cotton made in Africa Initiative follows the...

  • Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

    Investment & Finance
    Germany | Staff size: 251-500

    Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of KfW, is a European development finance institutions for long-term project and company financing. For 50...

  • Welthungerhilfe

    Implementing NGO
    Germany | Staff size: 251-500

    Welthungerhilfe was formed in 1962 as part of a ground-breaking global campaign – the “Freedom from Hunger Campaign”. Established under the umbrella of the UN Food...

  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    A vital player in the global food chain, Louis Dreyfus Commodities is a world leader in the processing of agricultural products and the merchandising of a diverse range of commodities. The Group...

  • McCann Erickson

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    McCann is a company built on the power of Truth to transform brands and businesses.

    We believe Truth is a catalyst for authentic ideas, powerful ideas that will be...

  • Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)

    Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Founded in 1899, NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union), is one of the oldest and largest environment associations in Germany. The association encompasses more than 560,000 members...

  • Tom Tailor

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Tom Tailor is an international, vertically integrated lifestyle group. The Company offering high-quality, fashionable casual wear for men, women, young adults and children in the middle-income...

  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International)

    Implementing NGO
    Switzerland | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WWF is one of the world's largest conservation organizations. WWF came into existence on 29 April 1961, when a small group of passionate and committed individuals signed a declaration that came...

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Key Information

LocationSub Saharan Africa, Burkina Faso
  • Start Date 2005
  • End Date 2010
  • Sectors