"In conventional farming cotton is sometimes watered heavily," said Tina Stridde, managing director of the Aid by Trade Foundation. "This can have extreme consequences for our ecosystem and for the availability of water as a vital resource – especially in regions that are already extremely arid. Through rain-fed cultivation, Cotton made in Africa plays a significant role in protecting the environment," Stridde added.
In order to provide additional support for people in the CmiA cotton growing regions, Cotton made in Africa realises projects to foster the availability of clean drinking water, hygiene measures and sanitary facilities. "Before the borehole was built, we had to walk 4 kilometres to the nearest water station every day. During the rainy season, we only got water from contaminated water sources and often got ill," CmiA press release said uoting cotton farmer from Tanzania.
Germany has plenty of water, and clean drinking water is always available. Many parts of the world however suffer from extreme aridity. Water is a luxurious good and clean drinking water is rarely available. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 30 per cent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa does not have access to clean drinking water. (RR)
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