New project “Bottom up” to promote sustainable cotton value chain in Ethiopia
With the support of the EU, Solidaridad, Cotton made in Africa, Danish Ethical Trading Initiative and MVO Nederland have started a new project to promote a sustainable cotton and garment value chain for the European consumers. The project aims to benefit 2,000 cotton farmers, 2,200 rural workers and 17,000 garment workers. Working conditions are a key priority in the new program.
The growing interest of international brands to source garments from Ethiopia provides an opportunity to develop the sector in a sustainable way. The cotton and garments industry is the second most important growth sector for the Ethiopian government. However, a number of current challenges are hampering the projected growth of the industry such as lack of a minimum wage that can ensure decent living conditions for workers.
The aim of the Bottom UP project is to contribute to a value chain that generates business growth, improves working conditions, promotes labour and environmental standards and responsible purchasing practices in the cotton and textiles industry in Ethiopia and Europe by 2021.
To achieve this, the partners will provide trainings and technical support to cotton farmers, commercial farms and ginneries to comply with sustainable practices and standards. They will facilitate direct links between European brands and Ethiopian factories for the uptake of sustainable cotton and provide technical support to factories to adopt sustainable practices.
Additionally, potential international buyers will be informed about the opportunities and barriers for sourcing garments from Ethiopia and matchmaking sessions will be organised. Eventually a consumer campaign in Europe will be conducted, to raise awareness on the issues in the garment industry, but also on positive developments.Ethiopia News Textile Value Chain