Cotton and Textile made in Senegal

“Building the value chain for a country from start to finish, mapping it digitally and creating multiple docking opportunities, nationally and internationally, is revolutionary and almost a reality here in Senegal.” SENTEX



Senegal is known for its cotton; the plant is one of the most important agricultural and export goods of the West African country. But Senegal is no longer known for its yarn and textile production. To reactivate this, we have set ourselves a goal: To support the revival of the spinning and weaving/knitting plant, to re-establish the entire value chain in the country, from the cultivation of cotton to the sale of the finished textile: from the fibre to the shop. With a focus on sustainability, fairness, ecology, transparency, interculturalism and high-end quality products through training and capacity building.


To turn the vision into reality, several governmental and non-governmental, national, and international participants are pulling together under the name SENTEX with a multi-stakeholder approach. They all see the great potential that exists and are actively using it – not least to make the country more independent and resilient, to create training and jobs, and to offer the population a variety of prospects in a revitalized textile sector.

Courageously forward

The driving force behind this is a major rethinking process that did not just begin yesterday. In view of climate change, declining crop yields and unstable cotton prices on the world market, Senegal has been facing major challenges with Asian countries for many years. But instead of resigning, the country is continuously focusing on the future. And today it is in a position to assert itself as a self-confident player within the local, national and international textile industry. We at SENTEX firmly believe that 100% MADE IN SENEGAL is possible.

SENTEX is funded by the special initiative “Good Employment for Socially Equitable Change” of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the brand “Invest for Jobs”. The aim of the special initiative is to work with companies to create decent jobs and improve working conditions.


For real change, not only mindset and willingness to change are important. The basic prerequisite is a solid foundation from which to think about the future, define goals and develop visions. Three points in particular speak in favor of Senegal: Firstly, the country has a very well-structured cotton sector; secondly, in recent years, with the help of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Sequa, among others, it has increased the part of the cotton production to organic cultivation; thirdly, it has a functioning machine park with European spinning, weaving and knitting machines in the two main plants. Added to this is Senegal’s politically stable and geostrategically favorable location – Africa’s westernmost country directly on the Atlantic is considered a reliable hub for national and international trade relations.


A textile value chain that starts with the sustainable cultivation of cotton plants and ends with the
finished textile in the retail trade needs a wide variety of actors. Not only producers of organic seeds
and fertilisers, cotton growers and manufacturers of high-quality yarns, twines and textile surfaces.
But also mechanics who take care of the maintenance of the machines. Fashion students and textile
designers who create traditional yet modern collections from Senegalese fabrics. Managers of local

handicraft businesses and trading companies. Experts for digitisation and traceability who can
already map a relevant part of the value chain in detail with their software. Or committed multipliers
at home and abroad. SENTEX has also dedicated itself to bringing them all on board and constantly
expanding the crew. For a strong Senegal with a role model function and charisma far beyond its own

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