Led by: Dr Renata Serra, Center for African Studies, University of Florida in collaboration with Jonathan Kaminski (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and researchers from LARES (Benin), the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), IRAD (Cameroon) and IER (Mali).
Theme: A comparative study of reform processes affecting the production and export of cotton in several West African countries. A common feature of these reforms is greater use of market incentives and competition. But previous studies show that market liberalisation can fail by undermining and not replacing existing forms of market co-ordination, including mechanisms that rest upon political power relations, informal reciprocities and the social norms of a ‘cotton culture'.
Research aim: This research aims to produce a better understanding of how governance works in practice within cotton sectors, in order to identify which elements and mechanisms underlying the functioning of the sector may be more supportive of the type of change that leads to better developmental outcomes.