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BRUSSELS – A new EU-funded project has been launched which aims to support farmers, rural workers and garment workers in the Ethiopian garment supply chain. The project, led by Solidaridad, Cotton made in Africa, Danish Ethical Trading Initiative and MVO Nederland, arrives in response to the influx of global apparel brands into Ethiopia, who have been attracted by textile industry worker wages as low as US$26 per month – the lowest in the world. Many people are now questioning whether Ethiopia is simply part of a race to the bottom by brands, while there are also suggestions that the country’s infrastructure – including logistics, manpower, and utilities – are struggling to keep pace with the ambitious plans of the textile industry.

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