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Ten Strategic Questions for African Cotton Sub‐sector Support Initiatives to Address

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Family agriculture in Africa appears to be far more vulnerable to price falls on international markets than in other countries, including in Europe and the US. This is linked to interconnections between cotton production and other economic sectors, inadequate policy reform, and the need to maintain diverse livelihood strategies at the household level in order to maintain income levels. How are farmers adapting their strategies to cope with the fall of the world price of cotton? Is there a case for national investment in and support for the regional textile industry for a given period until it can effectively compete with imported products? This merits a regional debate to be organised in order to identify a solution that takes into account the interests of the diverse actors in the African cotton sub‐sector.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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