WEST AFRICA: Can organic cotton save the industry?

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Des cueilleuses de coton portent leur récolte, le 10 janvier 2000, entre Bobo Dioulasso et Ouagadougou.

Des cueilleuses de coton portent leur récolte, le 10 janvier 2000, entre Bobo Dioulasso et Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso © AFP – PATRICK HERTZOG

Fuel and fertiliser price hikes, insect infestations and chemical damage to soil have led some cotton farmers in West Africa to produce organic cotton. But the international recession has blunted demand for the new crop, according to an industry trade group. IRIN.

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