This review shows that cotton continues to have a critical role in producer livelihoods, agricultural development processes, national economic development, maintaining foreign exchange revenues for a large number of West African countries and in the contribution of access to services and poverty reduction. Further field level analysis would be useful to determine the evolving place of cotton in producer livelihood strategies and poverty reduction in the context of price pressures, volatile international markets and privatisation, and to identify the concrete diversification opportunities emerging.
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Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: December 1, 2006