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See detailDynamique et perspectives de la filière cotonnière du Burundi
Gahungu, Antoine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Cotton cultivation was introduced in Burundi in 1919 under the Belgian mandate with the objective to monetize the rural economy and open the country to international trade. After independence (1962), the ... [more ▼]

Cotton cultivation was introduced in Burundi in 1919 under the Belgian mandate with the objective to monetize the rural economy and open the country to international trade. After independence (1962), the cotton crop continued to flourish as a vertically integrated chain from upstream to downstream in pursuing the objectives of job creation, import substitution and maximizing the added value generated by various cotton products. Since 1993, the cotton is in perpetual decline due to various factors both endogenous and exogenous to reach in 2009 the lowest level in its history. Its competitiveness is challenged by instability of the global market of cotton fiber, policies (subsidies) of large producers (China, India, USA, Pakistan, ...), competition from synthetic textile industry, the prices of agricultural inputs (fertilizers and phytosanitary products) and raw materials for industries, competition for food crops production factors which are already scarce and especially less remunerative producer prices. Survey work on a sample of 120 farms during three seasons (2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010) as well as interviews with various agents involved in the cotton sector have been conducted to understand the reasons of the decline of the cotton sector and see the adaptation mechanisms implemented in the segment "producers - COGERCO." It appears from these investigations that the cotton is not competitive with food crops. The price paid to growers is not motivating, production costs are expensive and factors of production become increasingly restrictive. COGERCO however, continues to subsidize cotton without benefit. In this context the majority of cotton producers combine beans or cowpeas with cotton to take advantage of subsidies (inputs, management, ...) and other benefits (loans, fields ...) that the company offers to producers without benefit to the company. The latter is in chronic deficit due to poor sector governance which is under pressure of privatization already imposed on other agro-industrial crops of the country (coffee, tea). [less ▲]

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