Hanging by a Thread Cotton Globalization and Poverty in Africa by ProQuest

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In provocative village-level studies of cotton production in Mali, Dolores Koenig and Scott Lacy show that farmers calculate the benefits of cotton production on various criteria, including the place of cotton in the mixed farming system, the opportunity to access farming equipment or infrastructure through rural development institutions, and the role of village-level cooperative organizations in spreading risk. [...] the character of community influences farmers' decision making, and there is a crucial link between commodity development and rural community development.

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