Institutional Diversity and Performance in African Cotton Sectors

29 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010

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David Tschirley

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Colin Poulton

University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Nicholas Gergely

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patrick Labaste

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Baffes

World Bank

Duncan Boughton

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Gerald Estur

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This article analyses the performance of cotton sectors across East, Southern, and West Africa, paying particular attention to the wide diversity of institutional arrangements that they now exhibit. It finds strong support for earlier contentions regarding trade-offs between competition and coordination, and between the roles of public and private sectors. New insights provide concrete and context-specific guidance to policy-makers and stakeholders regarding the key challenges they will face and the risks they will need to manage as they work to improve productivity and ensure an equitable division of benefits within cotton sectors.

Suggested Citation

Tschirley, David and Poulton, Colin and Gergely, Nicholas and Labaste, Patrick and Baffes, John and Boughton, Duncan and Estur, Gerald, Institutional Diversity and Performance in African Cotton Sectors. Development Policy Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 295-323, May 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2010.00485.x

David Tschirley (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Colin Poulton

University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) ( email )

Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square: College Buildings 541
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Nicholas Gergely

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Patrick Labaste

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

John Baffes

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

HOME PAGE: http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/jbaffes

Duncan Boughton

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics ( email )

MI
United States

Gerald Estur

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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