Promoting bi-directional communication between producers and ginners to strengthen sustainable cultivation methods and to make cotton traceable via a digital platform.

Fact sheet

Commodity: Cotton

Countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Tanzania

Duration: 11/2021 to 04/2024

Target groups: Up to 100,000 cotton farmers 

Total volume: 2,132,266 EUR


  • Paul Reinhart AG:
    Founded in 1788, the Swiss family business is the oldest and one of the world's leading cotton merchants. It has extensive experience in West Africa and particular expertise in organic cotton and of buying cotton in countries with smallholder structures.
  • Alliance Ginneries Ltd.:
    Founded in 1997, the cotton ginning company operates in Tanzania and Zambia and sources all its raw materials directly from over 50,000 smallholder farmers in the region.
  • Ivoire Coton:
    Founded in 1998, the company is one of the main actors in the cotton market in Côte d'Ivoire. It has a network of 45,000 producers grouped into 1,200 professional agricultural organisations across over 870 villages. It aims to promote cotton cultivation through sustainable management of soils.
Farmers collecting seed cotton in Côte d’Ivoire (© Oikocredit, Ivoire Coton)
Farmers collecting seed cotton in Côte d’Ivoire (© Oikocredit, Ivoire Coton)

Project description

The consortium sees the promotion of more sustainable agricultural practices as the most important measure to improve the competitiveness and the basic income of sub-Saharan smallholder farmers.

The concrete aim of the project is to establish bidirectional communication between smallholder cotton farmers and the ginnery through a digital exchange and learning platform. This will facilitate for instance the coordination on inputs and help increase production yields in the long term.

In addition, a farm app will improve the traceability of the agricultural supply chain (from production to cooperative, ginnery and the trader). This will help actors in the downstream supply chain analyse their impact on the upstream supply chain and the people involved in it as well as facilitate reporting on their due diligence.

In the realm of the development of the tool, farmers will be equally trained in sustainable practices and profit from digital literacy in the field. Directly, up to 100,000 farmers are expected to benefit from the project.

Cotton in Sub-Saharan Africa: Increasing crops through digitisation

How to build a digital exchange and learning platform for the cotton supply chain? What does that mean exactly, and what are the necessary steps? Our project diary tells in three stories what the project partners are doing exactly, what problems they have to face – and what solutions they develop together.

The first story begins – in the beginnings and tells you who is involved and why the project was launched in the first place.