The Brazilian government has embarked on a cooperation initiative in the East African region to help boost cotton growing.

Marcela Nicodemus, Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya, said the Cotton Victoria Project (CVP) is aimed at improving competitiveness in the cotton sector in Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi and in the end fights hunger, poverty and boost agriculture in the countries.

In Kenya, cotton farming that was once a vibrant agricultural activity in the 1960s, 1970s to mid 1980s collapsed in late 1980s due to the introduction of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) that were introduced globally by the International Monitory Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Nicodemus noted that cotton is capable of playing a central role in African countries by creating income and increasing income of the farmers. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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