Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Organic and fair trade cotton in Senegal

In 1997, the Senegalese Yakaar Niani Wulli (YNW) federation launched its own organic and fair trade cotton to respond to the problems encountered in the cultivation and commercialisation of cotton. For a long time this “white gold" was exported as a raw material, with little added value for the producers.

The federation thus mobilized a large partner network (producers, weavers, dyers, tailors, etc.) throughout the country in order to engage in the processing of the cotton and capture a higher added value. This value chain is now fully operational. A project financed by the TDC aims at commercialising YNW’s finished products on international markets.

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