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Le paradoxe de Sikasso : coton et pauvreté au Mali

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  • Delarue, Jocelyne
  • Mesplé-Somps, Sandrine
  • Naudet, Jean-David
  • Robilliard, Anne-Sophie

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In Mali, the situation of cotton growing households has traditionally been considered as more favorable than that of food crop producers. However, official statistics on poverty suggest that the cotton growing region of Sikasso is among the poorest regions of the country and that cotton producers are on average poorer than all other farmers. This article offers a detailed analysis of this paradox, the so-called Sikasso paradox. The official statistics on poverty are set out and data and methodological issues are exposed.The reworking of the data led to the conclusion that cotton producers have an “advantage” over other farmers. This analysis underlines the need for open debate concerning data – an oft neglected step in the analysis of development policy.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/4303.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Publication status: Published in DIAL Document de travail, 2009
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Keywords: Cotton; Poverty; Africa; Coton; Pauvreté; Mali; Afrique;

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  1. Isabel Günther & Mohamed Ali Marouani & Marc Raffinot, 2006. "La croissance est-elle pro-pauvres au Mali ?," Working Papers, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation) DT/2006/15, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation).
  2. Clarence Tsimpo & Quentin Wodon, 2007. "Poverty among Cotton Producers : Evidence from West and Central Africa," World Bank Other Operational Studies 9555, The World Bank.
  3. Kelly, Valerie A. & Tefft, James F. & Oehmke, James F. & Staatz, John M., 2004. "Identifying Policy Relevant Variables For Reducing Childhood Malnutrition In Rural Mali," Staff Papers, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics 11528, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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