2017-01-26

Early 2016 Burkina Faso announced its withdrawal from the genetically modified cotton introduced by multinational Monsanto eight years before. The Cotton Connection investigation shows that the American company made huge mistakes, but is not the only actor to be criticised.

Monsanto's departure from Burkina Faso may change very little or nothing in the lives of the thousands of cotton farmers in the country, and farmers are building resistance. Not against Monsanto or genetically modified organisms, but against the establishment of the Burkinabé cotton itself.

(Photos 1, 2 and 3 CC © CIFOR / Photo 4 © Wouter Elsen)

Wouter Elsen

Wouter Elsen studied journalism and international cooperation North-South in Belgium and moved to Burkina Faso in 2015. He works as a freelance video and photo journalist whose work has featured in Belgian (VRT, MO*) and international media (The Globe and Mail, The New York Times).

Mien De Graeve

Mien De Graeve has been a blogger and freelance writer for Flemish news platform MO* since 2011. She moved to Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou in September 2012, where she opened a restaurant and cultural centre.

Napon Abdoul Razac

Napon Abdoul Razac is an investigative journalist from Burkina Faso specialised in economic and political issues. He works for the Burkinabé magazine Les Mutations.

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A grant of €3.875 allocated on 29th April 2016.
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