WEST AFRICA

How Bamako is exporting cotton despite ECOWAS sanctions

The 2019 cotton harvest in Mali, near Diaramana.
The 2019 cotton harvest in Mali, near Diaramana. © Nicolas Remene/Le Pictorium/MaxPPP
Mali has once again become Africa's leading cotton producer and the Malian military junta is pulling out all the stops to sell this precious resource on the global markets, taking advantage of the high prices. Though Bamako is banking on the revival of the Nouakchott and Conakry logistics corridors, the bulk of exports still transit through Burkina Faso before reaching Abidjan or Lomé. [...] (571 words)
Issue dated 26/05/2022 Reading time 3 minutes
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