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Publication | 18 December 2020

Support program to the cottonseed supply chain in sub-Saharan African countries. Cottonseed Systems Improvement for Africa. Cross-cutting analysis of nine cottonseed systems in Africa - Summary report

This summary report is based on a cross-cutting analysis of the present status of the cottonseed systems in nine African countries: three in West Africa (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal), two in Central Africa (Cameroon and Chad), two in East Africa (Ethiopia and Tanzania), and two in Southern Africa (Mozambique and Zambia). Out of these nine countries, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Ethiopia may be considered as major cotton producers in Africa (more than 50,000 metric tons of fibre produced each year). Together, they represent almost half of the African cotton production. The goal of this cross-cutting analysis is (i) to bring out the main characteristics of each cottonseed system studied, including the challenges to be addressed, (ii) to identify common and divergent features among these systems, and (iii) to draw lessons and propose recommendations for improving current cottonseed systems on a global scale in Africa. To do so, the full report describes and analyses the organisation of the cottonseed sector of each country, compares the situations between these countries, highlights the challenges encountered, and proposes actions to tackle some of the major challenges. 

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