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)
De katoenconnectie in Burkina Faso: ‘Monsanto is vertrokken, maar mijn problemen blijven’ (NL) - mo.be, 20th November 2016
Comment le coton OGM de Monsanto s’est transformé en fléau pour les paysans du Burkina Faso (FR) - Basta mag, 27th February 2017
De la Françafrique à la corruption : les dessous de la filière coton au Burkina Faso (FR) - Basta mag, 28th February 2017
Après le départ de Monsanto, les paysans burkinabè veulent reconquérir leur autonomie semencière (FR) - Basta mag, 13 March 2017
Monsanto / Burkina Faso: un divorce douloureux (FR) - Mutations, 1st December 2016
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