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

Many cotton farmers have become indebted since world cotton prices plummeted in 2000-2001. Despite good yields, high quality and low costs, the farmers don’t earn enough to pay back the credits they must take to pay for seeds, herbicides, pesticides and other essentials for growing cotton. Cotton producers’ collectives have helped to reduce the financial burden on individual farmers and have actively lobbied at the World Trade Organization and the Duho round of trade negotiations to eliminate the subsidies that cotton farmers in wealthy nations receive.Pa, Burkina Faso.Photo © J.B. Russell
Collectives and Cotton, December 2003

Many cotton farmers have become indebted since world cotton prices plummeted in 2000-2001. Despite good yields, high quality and low costs, the farmers don’t earn enough to pay back the credits they must take to pay for seeds, herbicides, pesticides and other essentials for growing cotton. Cotton producers’ collectives have helped to reduce the financial burden on individual farmers and have actively lobbied at the World Trade Organization and the Duho round of trade negotiations to eliminate the subsidies that cotton farmers in wealthy nations receive. 

Pa, Burkina Faso. 

Photo © J.B. Russell