Afrikansiche Baumwolle (10)

Benin Karte


Cotonou, the largest city of Benin is located on the coast. It is the economic centre of the country, with a thriving trade in second-hand cars. But the impression of flourishing commercial activity in this vibrant city does not show the whole truth – neither is it representative for Benin. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with about one third of its population living in extreme poverty. Agriculture is an important economic factor, built mainly on cotton.

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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world; it ranks 183 out of 189 countries in the UN Human Development Index. The chances of improvements in people’s conditions of life are decreased by the unfavourable landlocked position of the country, its low rainfall, its lack of mineral resources and its low educational level and productivity. Cotton is both the 'heart' and the hope of Burkina’s economy. 

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Burkina Faso Karte




Ethiopia is the tenth biggest country in Africa and adjoins to Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenia, Somalia, and Dschibuti. Addis Abeba, the capital city, has about 3 million habitants and is the political and economic center of the country. One half of Ethiopia is located 1200 meter high. The main rainy season is from June to September.

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Ivory Coast

Until the early 1980s, Ivory Coast was a model of stability and economic success in Africa. For many years it enjoyed relative prosperity thanks to export revenues from cocoa and coffee. But the country was plunged into political troubles by the economic crisis in the early 1990s, and they are still going on today. Development of the country is hindered by conditions close to civil war. 

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Karte Elfenbeinküste
Karte Ghana


Ghana, located in Westafrica, is considered to be politically stable and serves as a role model regarding its democratic system in Africa. While English is the official language, many Ghanaians grow up multilingual. With 79 different languages and idioms, the country's language diversity is great. Ghana's economy traditionally depends on the export of a few products. These include mainly gold, cocoa and precious woods. 

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Cameroon is also referred to as 'Africa in miniature' because of its diversity. Cameroon’s cultural life is influenced by more than 240 different ethnic groups and linguistic diversity made up of more than 230 languages, which give this country its unique charm. Due to favorable agricultural conditions, Cameroon has one of the most valuable commodity export economies in Africa south of the Sahara. In addition to wood and cocoa, cotton is a key product from the agricultural sector. Nevertheless, the country faces serious problems, one of the biggest challenges is the rapid spread of HIV and AIDS. 

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Karte Kamerun
Karte Malawi

Malawi (no CmiA operations at the moment)

Malawi hit the world headlines in 2006, when pop star Madonna adopted a child from this land-locked state in South East Africa. Malawi has a population of nearly 20 million people and is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa, very much dependent on support from overseas. The large number of young people with HIV infections there has enormous consequences for the country. 

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Mozambique society is primarily shaped by smallholder farmers from a wide range of population groups. While the greatest share of the population lives in rural areas, the capital Maputo numbers among the most rapidly growing cities in Africa. Here an urban lifestyle is developing, European and African influences are intensely mixing, and a vital cultural scene pulses.

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Karte Mosambik




Tanzania is a country in South Africa located at the Indian Ocean – next to Uganda in the North, Ruanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West as well as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique in the South. Even though Daressalam is the largest city of the country and occupies the seat of government, Dodoma is the official capital city. About 51 million people live in the sparsely populated country. The climate in Tanzania is tropical and all over the year it´s hot and humid, especially at the coast.

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Uganda is situated in East Africa and borders to the countries Kenia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ruanda and Tanzania. It is located on a plateau 100 m above sea level. About 1/5 of the country is covered by seas and swamps. Because of its altitude, the normally tropical climate cools down to 25-30 degrees. Uganda is a multi-ethnic, like many other African countries. The 40 ethnical groups that result from different languages and cultures form two main groups: in the South the Bantu-tribes and in the North the Nilotic and Nilohamites.

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Karte Sambia


The Zambian economy was for a long time concentrated exclusively on the export of copper and copper products; there was no further development in the agricultural sector. The collapse of copper prices in the world market therefore plunged the country into great economic distress. There was also a dramatic spread in HIV and AIDS, which still causes problems for the national economy. But there is also reason for optimism – agriculture and tourism have a lot of potential for economic stability. Cotton is one of the great hopes.

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Zimbabwe (no CmiA operations at the moment)

Culturally, Zimbabwe is still strongly influenced by the former colonial power Britain. The education system which was largely supported by the churches during the colonial period was further developed by the government since the country's independence. However, it suffers from severe under-funding due to the economic crisis. Zimbabwe has fertile soil, abundant mineral resources as well as natural touristic attractions such as the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Valley. Since the late 1990s, however, Zimbabwe has steadily decreased tapping this potential. Zimbabwe is still one of the poorest countries in the world. 

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Karte Simbabwe



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