Burkina Faso: Monsanto suspends activities in Burkina Faso (Jeune Afrique)

| October 17, 2016

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According to Jeune Afrique, American agribusiness firm Monsanto has decided to suspend activities in Burkina Faso, where it had been supplying genetically-modified cotton seeds. The decision was reportedly announced by Monsanto’s West African representative, Doulaye Traoré, in an email to colleagues and friends.

Two reasons have been advanced for Monsanto’s decision to leave Burkina Faso: the purchase of Monsanto by Bayer, announced mid-September, and the decision of the Burkinabé cotton industry to no longer cultivate genetically-modified cotton, produced by Monsanto. The cotton industry considered the genetically-modified cotton to be inferior both in terms of performance and the quality of fibres.

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Photo: Doulaye Traoré. Credit: Théo Renaut/Jeune Afrique