Goodwill visit to West African nations attempts to improve relations

Cline, Harry
March 2005
Southeast Farm Press;3/2/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 7, p25
Trade Publication
This article reports on a U.S. delegation visiting Mali and meeting with government officials of several poor African nations to help the development of the cotton industries in those impoverished nations. The delegation was led by deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Jim Butler and included other officials from the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and John Pucheu as a representative of the National Cotton Council. While some West African nations are considered democratic, their cotton growing systems are all monopolistic, quasi government companies that control every aspect of the cotton industry from providing supplies, controlling ginning to furnishing credit.


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