Ethiopia has granted 200 cotton farmers organic certification for the first time.

The farmers are part of a project training small-scale cotton growers to reduce and stop using dangerous pesticides. The project began in 2013 with 90 farmers, and today is flourishing with over 2,000 farmers taking part.

The project is funded by TRAID, supported by the Pesticide Action Network UK, and delivered in-country by PAN Ethiopia.

Maria Chenoweth, chief executive officer of TRAID, a U.K.-based charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away, said, “Since 2009, TRAID has committed nearly 1 million pounds to support cotton farmers to stop using hazardous pesticides and use safer more sustainable alternatives. In Ethiopia, the farmers involved in this project will now get the organic premium for their cotton, and are the first in the country to do so. It’s a hugely significant moment and the project is well on its way to more farmers becoming accredited.”

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