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Cotton: United States Sticks to its Guns

25 February 2008

While on February 13 the United States appealed the decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) condemning its subsidies for cotton producers, those subsidies now more than ever constitute a core concern for developing countries.

Indeed, these internal support measures were brought up again during President George W. Bush's visit to Benin on Saturday, February 16.

Since 2003, Brazil, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Benin have been demanding the elimination of the American subsidy measures on cotton exports, which heavily penalize producers in their countries. Following up on the complaints lodged by Brazil, the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body twice condemned (in September 2004 and October 2007) the United States, which has just contested the decision again.

In the meeting with his American counterpart, however, President Yayi Boni of Benin insisted, "Anyone who chooses to fight poverty alongside Africa cannot let the cotton industry deteriorate (…); the industry is the livelihood of nearly half of those living in cotton-producing countries in West Africa."

On this point, the American president declared that "if Europe moves, we will move."

The situation does not seem likely to change any time soon, however. The agricultural negotiations of the Doha Round are on a hiatus that may last until 2009, despite the submission on February 8 of the latest report by Crawford Falconer, chairman of the agricultural negotiations .
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