ICAC Executive Director Kai Hughes conducts site visit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Kai Hughes and Dr. Adama Coulibaly, Director General of the Cotton and Cashew Nut Council and head of the local Organising Committee, discussed the theme, “Cotton Challenges: Smart and Sustainable Solutions.” It’s a reflection of the importance of cotton to farmers in Côte d'Ivoire, which is one of Africa’s largest exporters.
The government is steadfast in its support of the domestic cotton industry, having announced in November that it would leave the government-mandated price for farmers unchanged for the 2017/18 season, despite low global prices. Côte d'Ivoire’s production increased 21.4% between the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, and the government hopes to increase that amount by an additional 50% over the next two seasons.
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