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EU-Africa partnership injects CFA427 bln into continent’s cotton industry

The EU-Africa Cotton Partnership adopted in 2004, injected about CFA427 billion into the continent’s cotton sector, APA can report from the organizers of the program in Ouagadougou on Saturday.Burkina Faso, the country of reference for cotton production, was chosen to host the activities included in the closing of the program from March 27 to April 1.

It was held under the theme “Cotton processing, a challenge for Africa: The new challenges of cotton value chains in Africa.”

More than 200 actions to support African cotton and its sectors have been carried out to the tune of nearly CFA427 billion.

Subsidy support has been provided to some 20 countries, including Burkina Faso, which has particularly benefited from a number of facilities.

These include the dissemination of good agricultural practices that respect the environment, capacity building for cotton producers, the establishment of a strategic framework for a sustainable motorization of cotton growing, for the diversification of the market through the introduction of a range of products in natural dyeing and support for more than 50 cottage textile processing workshops in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, which generated over 1,000 jobs.

Cotton, a sector employing four million people in Burkina Faso, is one of Africa’s first export products and a major job creator.

The Ouagadougou meeting has led to the adoption of a Pan-African Cotton Investment Program and the revival of African cotton research.



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