West African countries need yield boost

Laws, Forrest
February 2006
Southeast Farm Press;2/1/2006, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p12
Trade Publication
The article discusses the economic condition of cotton farmers in West Africa. The British-based charity organization, Oxfam International, has blamed the U.S. cotton subsidies for the impoverishment of West African cotton farmers. The cotton farmers in West Africa have no proper buying or selling mechanism for their cotton produce. They don't have any choices from whom they buy agricultural inputs or outlets into which they sell their cotton. The average West African cotton farmer is getting 32 cents per pound while a cotton farmer in Brazil or Australia is selling their cotton for 50 cents per pound.


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