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Title:Hanging by a thread: cotton, globalization, and poverty in Africa
Editors:Moseley, William G.ISNI
Gray, Leslie C.ISNI
Series:Ohio University research in international studies. Global and comparative studies series
City of publisher:Athens, OH
Publisher:Ohio University Press
ISBN:0896802604; 9780896802605; 9789171066145
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Burkina Faso
South Africa
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Abstract:The textile industry was one of the first to be globalized. Mechanized production in Europe depended on supplies of the raw material from its various colonies. Now Africa is increasingly engaged in growing this crop for the world market. Most of the contributions in this volume stem from papers given in two sessions on Cotton, Natural Resources and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa at the November 2004 annual meeting of the African Studies Association [of America] in New Orleans. The introduction is entitled Cotton, globalization, and poverty in Africa (William G. Moseley and Leslie C. Gray). Part One, Global Cotton, Local Crises, is composed of: Producing poverty: power relations and price formation in the cotton commodity chains of West Africa (Thomas J. Bassett); Cotton production in Burkina Faso: international rhetoric versus local realities (Leslie C. Gray); Mali's cotton conundrum: commodity production and development on the periphery (William G. Moseley); and The decline of Bt cotton in KawZulu-Natal: technology and institutions (Marnus Gouse, Bhavani Shankar, Colin Thirtle). Part Two, Organizing Cotton: national-level reforms and rural livelihoods, contains the essays: The many paths of cotton sector reform in East and Southern Africa: lessons from a decade of experience (David Tschirley, Colin Poulton, Duncan Boughton); Cotton production, poverty, and inequality in rural Benin: evidence from the 1990s (Corinne Siaens, Quentin Wodon); Rural development is more than commodity production: cotton in the farming system of Kita, Mali (Dolores Koenig); and Cotton casualties and cooperatives: reinventing farmer collectives at the expense of rural Malian communities? (Scott M. Lacy). Part Three considers Alternate Futures: genetically engineered and organic cotton, in papers on: Genetically engineered cotton: politics, science, and power in West Africa (Jim Bingen); and Organic cotton in Sub-Saharan Africa: a new development paradigm? (Brian M. Dowd). The conclusion, by Leslie C. Gray and William G. Moseley, is called: Hanging by a thread: the future of cotton in Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]