of Cotton Production Potential
in Sub-Saharan Africa*
Arthur Green1 and
*Paper presented at Intercarto 12: International Conference on
GIS and Sustainable Development. 29 August 2006. Berlin, Germany.
Department of Geography
805 Sherbrooke St. W.
– Montreal, Quebec
Email: arthur.green (at)
& Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC)
1616 P Street, NW
Washington DC - 20036
(at ) agritrade.org
applies a geospatial analytic approach to assess human, economic and
constraints to cotton production potential in Mali,
Burkina Faso and Benin.
Geographic Information System (GIS) is used to create a cost grid
integrated, geographic model of cotton production potential including a
theoretically diverse set of parameters. Parameters include
socio-political, demographic, agronomic, and novel geographic
others. The GIS model uses geostatistics and cost grid functions to
expand upon existing datasets. The study results in a visual
cotton production potential.