White Gold: Tracing Cotton and Fashion in Africa

Oct 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work

US cotton Subsidies which began in 2001 have had a huge impact on world prices for cotton in Africa, particularly Mali. This has led to a decline in cotton farming for a country that is dependent on cotton production for growing subsistence crops (food) and social services like schools and housing. This is the story of how African fashion entrepreneurs could bring new life to Mali’s dying cotton production.

Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa and also one of the poorest countries in the World. Half the population lives below the international poverty line and a third of the population depend on cotton to survive.

videography and production by Amanda Martinez

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