Cotton Sector Strategies in West and Central Africa (English Version)

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Ousmane Badiane

World Bank

Dhaneshwar Ghura

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Louis Goreux

World Bank

Paul R. Masson

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department; The Brookings Institution

Date Written: July 2002

Abstract

Cotton production is truly a success story in West and Central Africa. The region is now the second largest exporter of lint, after the United States, with a world market share of 15 percent. Despite its strong performance in the past, the sector is characterized by several institutional and structural weaknesses that jeopardize its viability in an era of increasing globalization of the cotton industry. The sector's future performance will also depend on the implications of cotton sector policies in major producing countries such as the United States, the European Union, and China. This paper examines how the above factors may affect future growth of the region's cotton industry. It also identifies the changes that are required to enable countries in the region to fully exploit the sector's significant growth potential .

This paper - a product of Rural Development 2, Africa Technical Families -is part of a larger effort in the region to contribute to the debate on development strategies in West and Central Africa. The authors may be contacted at obadiane@worldbank.org, dghura@limf.org, or pmasson@imf.org.

Note: This paper can also be downloaded in French at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=636230

Suggested Citation

Badiane, Ousmane and Ghura, Dhaneshwar and Goreux, Louis and Masson, Paul R., Cotton Sector Strategies in West and Central Africa (English Version) (July 2002). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2867-A. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=636229

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