Thematic Exchange

Posted by Philippe Saner 1 30th Nov 2023

Cotton4Impact was invited to organize a Thematic Exchange of the Sub-Saharan Cotton Initiative (SSCI) on the topic of Digitalization in the Cotton Supply Chain. The public online event was held on November 22nd, 2023 and included participants from all four SSCI projects, covering seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Togo and Chad. Presentations were held in English and French to emphasize the diversity of languages and cultures involved in this public-private partnership (PPP) with a global reach.

The event was on the digitalization of the cotton supply chain in the context of smallholder farmers which is a complex undertaking. The speakers emphasized that it involves many stakeholders and a holistic understanding of their interests and aspirations. It is not only a question of technology and its application, but also a question of trust and what benefit each entity gains out of sharing information. The topic was approached with brief inputs from different angles, covering the academic, technological and commercial view. The inputs were followed by a Q&A session.


  • Welcome Benjamin Mohr, GIZ Germany
  • Brief introduction to Cotton4Impact Philippe Saner, Head Sustainability, Reinhart, Switzerland
  • Quels sont les besoins en services météorologiques des producteurs de coton ? Julie Bompas, Research officer and PhD candidate – Climate services, Agence Française de Développement, France
  • FarmApp Management System: Mapping cotton farms with polygons Fahmy S. Omar, CEO, Silicon Valley Solutions, Kenya
  • From space to field, what could be a future role of drones in the smallholder farmer setting? Matthias Haeni, External consultant, Cotton4Impact
  • Q&A / Open discussion

The Cotton4Impact consortium concluded that it was a great experience to engage with the other consortia to jointly discuss how technology may support towards improving the livelihood conditions of smallholder farmers and their families by means of increasing their yields through applying good agricultural practices.

"On behalf of the SSCI team, I wanted to express our sincere gratitude for your interesting inputs, valuable contributions during yesterday’s SSCI thematic exchange meeting. Your insights added depth and perspective, and we appreciate the time and effort you dedicated to sharing your expertise." SSCI team GIZ Bonn (23.11.23)

We are looking forward continuing the exchange and the personal meeting at the SSCI Final Lap in March 2024.