Cotton production continues its downward spiral in Burkina Faso three years after it phased out the use of genetically modified (GM) cotton. Burkina Faso, Africa’s largest cotton producer earlier, is now fourth, producing 436,000 tonne the 2018-19 cotton season, trailing behind Côte d’Ivoire (455,000 tonne), Mali (653,000 tonne) and Benin (675,000 tonne). Last April, the Inter-professional Cotton Association of Burkina (AICB), an industry body comprising farmers and other sector players, had set a production target of 800,000 tonne for the 2018-19 cotton season.