Cotton, the soft and fluffy fibre that grows in bolls, is one of the world’s leading agricultural crops. It is also a commodity of particular importance for least developed countries (LDCs).
Cotton has been a key issue in the WTO agriculture negotiations and as an important development-related issue since 2003 when it was raised by four African LDCs — Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali — known as the Cotton Four or C-4.
Since the 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference the WTO organizes twice a year “cotton days” bringing together WTO delegates, international experts and representatives of high-level governmental and intergovernmental organizations, as well as key private sector stakeholders, to discuss progress in development assistance, cotton market trends and technical information underpinning cotton negotiations.
The next WTO “cotton days” will take place from 28 to 29 November 2018 and will cover both the development assistance aspects of cotton as well as trade-related developments in the cotton sector.
More information on “cotton days” at the WTO here: www.wto.org/cottondays