Early 2016 Burkina Faso announced its withdrawal from the genetically modified cotton introduced by multinational Monsanto eight years before. The Cotton Connection investigation shows that the American company made huge mistakes, but is not the only actor to be criticised.

Monsanto's departure from Burkina Faso may change very little or nothing in the lives of the thousands of cotton farmers in the country, and farmers are building resistance. Not against Monsanto or genetically modified organisms, but against the establishment of the Burkinabé cotton itself.

(Photos 1, 2 and 3 CC © CIFOR / Photo 4 © Wouter Elsen)

Team members

Wouter Elsen

Wouter Elsen is a video- and photo journalist living in Leuven, Belgium. For 2 years, he lived in Burkina Faso.

Mien De Graeve

Mien De Graeve has been a blogger and freelance writer for Flemish news platform MO*. She's based in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Napon Abdoul Razac

Napon Abdoul Razac is an investigative journalist from Burkina Faso specialised in economic and political issues.

A grant of €3.875 allocated on 29th April 2016.

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