Ripe cotton boll (Madagascar) B. Bachelier © CIRAD


Cotton is an industrial crop, grown mainly for the textile, food and cosmetics sectors. It is one of the mainstays of cropping systems in tropical and sub-tropical regions, which also include food crops. Expanding research on cotton cropping systems in the global South therefore contributes to development and to the food self-sufficiency of people in those countries.

Books and documents

Useful links

  • Coton-ACP ( EU-Africa Partnership on cotton)
  • ICAC (International Cotton Advisory Committee)
  • ICRA (International Cotton Researchers Association)