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Vol 43 No 20

Published 11th October 2002

Cottoning on to the WTO

Africans may ally with Brazilians against the USA to seek a fair deal for cotton experts

Encouraged by Brazil, African cotton producers are opposing the subsidy proposals in United States President George W. Bush's Farm Bill. Several West and Central African countries, reeling from another year of depressed cotton prices, may join Brazil's formal case against the US subsidies, brought before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 27 September and designed to enlist support from other countries.

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