Impact of US policies in the cotton sector is exposed
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CTA. 2002. Impact of US policies in the cotton sector is exposed. Agritrade, November 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Oxfam International have published a report...
Oxfam International have published a report (September 3rd 2002) entitled 'Cultivating Poverty: The Impact of US Cotton Subsidies on Africa', highlighting the damage that US policies are doing in Africa. It argues that US subsidies lead to artificially low world cotton prices, thereby undermining the ability of African cotton farmers to compete on world markets. The report follows swiftly on the heels of Brazil's announcement that it is challenging the US Cotton regime through the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. West African cotton producers (Benin, Burkino Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) could well join in this challenge, which is likely to swiftly move to the panel stage. Comment: The cotton sector illustrates the dilemma faced by many ACP producers: if EU agricultural policies do not disrupt the sector then it is more than likely that US policies will.