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Unformatted text preview: Burkina's white gold fails to deliver wealth There are no roads to Sini Moussa's cotton farm. Once you veer off the busy main road to Sapone, about an hour from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, the path quickly turns to dusty scrub. "In this part of Sapone, everyone grows cotton," says Mr Moussa. "In October, November, it will be white everywhere." For Mr Moussa, growing cotton is his best chance of forging a living for himself and his family in his home country, having previously worked on cocoa plantations in neighbouring West African state Ivory Coast. "I started to grow cotton to get money," he says. "There was nothing else to do but cotton." White gold In a landscape scattered with mud houses, donkeys and carts, under the clearest of clear blue skies, Mr Moussa explains how his seven-hectare cotton farm brings in 500,000 CFA a year, helping him care for his three wives and seven children. At harvest time, cotton buyers negotiate their trucks on these mud tracks, eager to get the cotton, which the Burkinabe people call white gold, to market. the cotton, which the Burkinabe people call white gold, to market....
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course INTBUS 200 taught by Professor Tuli during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.
- Fall '11