Reportage: Burkina Faso: Collectives and Cotton: Collectives and Cotton

Farmers harvesting their cotton. Two million farmers depend directly on cotton for survival in Burkina Faso, the country’s only cash crop. Cotton farmer collectives have been instrumental in the development of Burkina’s cotton industry and have been influential in lobbying against farm subsidies given to cotton producers in rich countries. Cotton farmers in the developing world believe that these subsidies have driven world cotton prices to historical lows and constitute unfair trade practices.Koundougou, Burkina Faso.Photo © J.B. Russell
Collectives and Cotton, December 2003

Farmers harvesting their cotton. Two million farmers depend directly on cotton for survival in Burkina Faso, the country’s only cash crop. Cotton farmer collectives have been instrumental in the development of Burkina’s cotton industry and have been influential in lobbying against farm subsidies given to cotton producers in rich countries. Cotton farmers in the developing world believe that these subsidies have driven world cotton prices to historical lows and constitute unfair trade practices. 

Koundougou, Burkina Faso. 

Photo © J.B. Russell