Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali: A dark year for West African cotton

By Estelle Maussion

Posted on Thursday, 23 February 2023 13:06
Cotton fibers after the first spinning at the Compagnie malienne des textiles (COMATEX) factory in Ségou, on December 12, 2018. © MICHELE CATTANI/AFP

The production of Africa's white gold has declined in West African countries as a result of a parasitic invasion. Support measures for cotton growers are underway.

The West African cotton industry is under attack. A solid contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) at 3% to 15% depending on the country, the production of what is often called ‘white gold’ is taking its time in this 2022-2023 period.