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HAMBURG – A new evaluation study has painted a decidedly mixed picture of the impact of the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative on the livelihoods of smallholder cotton farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis, which used Zambia and the Côte d’Ivoire as case studies, stated in its conclusions that CmiA’s verification process and training, “do not automatically lead to increased productivity, higher incomes and consequently a better economic and social situation of the cotton farmers.”

The findings from Zambia, particularly, raise serious questions about the impact of the CmiA initiative, with the study term blaming external factors for the fact that, “CmiA has not been able to achieve a significant positive economic and social impact on the farmers’ lives.”

The evaluation took place between October 2019 and June 2021 and focused on assessing the impact of farmer trainings and the CmiA verification process on the farmers’ living conditions.

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