Climate-Smart Organic Cotton

  • Project Name
    Climate-Smart Organic Cotton project
  • Project Phase
    2017 to 2023
  • Funding
    HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperations co-financing with Laudes Foundation
  • Thematic focus
    Private Sector Development
    Gender & Social Equity
    Climate & Disaster Resilience

The central corridor of Tanzania is exposed to severe impacts of progressing climate change. Recent years showed increasing irregularities and unpredictability in precipitation. Rural communities in this region are not prepared for these challenges, and there is a serious risk of migration, particularly of younger generations, being accelerated in light of the vulnerability of farming households to these agro-climatic challenges.

The first phase of Organic Cotton has shown viability of organic farming and potential of women entrepreneurship and created opportunity to focus on resilient farming with a strong focus on climate smartness.

This second phase is an initiative by 5 consortium partners, GiZ International, the ginning companies Alliance and BioSustain, TOAM and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation which will directly benefit 25,000 organic cotton farmers and their communities, including 100 Village Savings and Lending groups (VSLA) and 50 Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives unions (AMCOs).

The goal and outcome of this project is to achive climate smart agricultural systems and collective action at village level create resilient and sustainable livelihoods in selected organic zones of Tanzania.




Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) brief sheet 

Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) brief sheet 
Jacqueline is a cattle herder, organic cotton farmer, and a beekeeper.
Harvesting of organic cotton - Singida, Tanzania.
Organic Cotton processing plant - Singida, Tanzania.
Cotton processing centers are assisting farmers to grow organic cotton.
Farming organic cotton in Central Tanzania.