Cotton Sector Strategies in West and Central Africa

Author/Editor:

Louis M. Goreux ; Paul R Masson ; Dhaneshwar Ghura ; Ousmane Badiane

Publication Date:

October 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Cotton production in West and Central Africa (WCA) has contributed to growth and poverty reduction. Recently, the objective of poverty alleviation has been adversely impacted by the downward pressures on world prices (exacerbated by subsidies by major cotton producers outside Africa). Several countries in WCA are undergoing reforms in the cotton sector to stimulate greater market competition and raise the share of the international price going to farmers. While these efforts would help to improve rural income irrespective of the world market situation, they would be more powerful in combination with a reduction in other countries’ subsidies in this sector.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/173

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858648/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1732002

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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