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Strategies for Cotton in West and Central Africa : Enhancing Competitiveness in the "Cotton 4"

AGRICULTURE ANIMAL ANIMAL TRACTION ANTITRUST LAWS AUCTIONS AUDIT REPORTS AUDITS AVERAGE YIELDS BAGS BIOSAFETY BREEDING BUDGET CONSTRAINTS CAPITA CONSUMPTION CASH CROPS CENTRAL AMERICA CEREAL PRODUCTION CEREALS CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS CLIMATIC CONDITIONS CLOTHING CLOTHING INDUSTRY COLLUSION COMMODITY COMMODITY PRICES COMPETITIVE FRINGE COMPETITIVENESS CONSUMERS CORN COTTON COTTON CROP COTTON INDUSTRY COTTON MARKETING COTTON PRICE COTTON PRICES COTTON PRODUCTION COTTON SECTOR COTTON YIELDS CROP CULTIVATED LAND CULTIVATION CULTIVATION PRACTICES CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES DECISION MAKING DEVALUATION DEVELOPMENT AGENCY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE EXCESS SUPPLY EXCHANGE RATES EXPECTED RETURNS FAIR FAIR TRADE FALLOW LANDS FAO FARM FARMER FARMERS FARMING FARMS FEEDING FERTILIZER FIBER FIBRES FIBRES TEXTILES FINANCIAL MARKETS FOOD CROPS FORAGE FORAGE CROPS FORECASTS GDP GENETIC MATERIAL GINNERIES GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT HERBICIDES HERDERS INCREASING LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION INEFFICIENCY INPUT PRICES INSECTS INTERNATIONAL MARKET LINT COTTON LIVESTOCK MAIZE MANURE MARKET CONDITIONS MARKET EFFICIENCY MARKET PRICE MARKET PRICES MARKET SECTOR MARKET SEGMENTS MARKET SHARE MARKET STRUCTURE MARKET VOLATILITY MARKETING BOARD MERCHANDISE MERCHANDISE EXPORTS MONOPOLIES MONOPOLY MORAL HAZARD MTM NEGATIVE EXTERNALITIES NICHE MARKETS NOMADIC HERDERS OPTIMIZATION ORGANIC FERTILIZER ORGANIC MARKETS ORGANIC MATTER PASTORALISTS PER CAPITA INCOME PEST POPULATIONS PESTICIDE PLANTING PLOWING POVERTY REDUCTION PRICE CONTROLS PRICE DECLINES PRICE INCREASE PRICE INDEX PRICE MECHANISM PRICE RISK PRICE SETTING PRICE STABILIZATION PRICE TREND PRICE VOLATILITY PRICES INDICES PRICING MECHANISM PRICING MECHANISMS PRICING SCHEME PRICING SCHEMES PRODUCE PRODUCER PRICE PRODUCER PRICES PRODUCTION COSTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PUBLIC GOOD PURCHASING REGULATORY FRAMEWORK RETAIL RICE SAHEL SALE SALES SALES MANAGEMENT SEED SEED COMPANIES SEED COTTON SEEDS SMALL GROWERS SMALL PRODUCERS SOIL ANALYSIS SOIL FERTILITY SOILS SPREAD STOCKS SUBSTITUTE SUGAR SUPPLIER SUPPLIERS SUPPLY CHAIN SURPLUS TARGET MARKETS TAXATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TEXTILE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TOTAL REVENUE TRADITIONAL SEEDS TREES WAREHOUSE WEED GROWTH WEEDS WHEAT WORLD MARKET WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION WTO YIELD INCREASE YIELDS
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Washington, DC: World Bank
Africa | West Africa | Central Africa
2012-05-31T19:31:51Z | 2012-05-31T19:31:51Z | 2007

The objective of this report is to identify ways of enhancing competitiveness through sector reforms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali (the Cotton-4). The report promotes best practices to manage cost and define sales strategies so as to enhance the contribution of the cotton sector to shared growth and lessen the risk of contingent liabilities borne by the countries. Areas of improvement, investigated in the report, are associated with the following three targets: 1) increasing yields to produce larger volumes; 2) reducing cost and increasing the reliability of grading; and 3) enhancing sales revenues. The report also explains how these targets can be effectively pursued through sector reforms. Guidance is provided on the types of investors needed to improve the competitiveness of the cotton sector in West and Central Africa and ways to design privatization lots.

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