The Kita CUMA Regional Union has 74 cooperatives in the Cercle de Kita, in the heart of the cotton belt. Each member of the Union, with about 1000 people, represents a small family farm.
The introduction of cotton into this Circle has resulted, since the 1960s, in the intensification of agriculture with the use of chemical inputs subsidized by the State and the cotton company and given in the form of credit. After several decades of this practice, with an increase in input costs, health accidents, a decrease in soil fertility, lower conventional cotton prices and the market opportunity for organic products, the EU office wanted to initiate an agro-ecological transition.
source : Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF)