price of cotton

The price of cotton


Documentary about the international cotton market and the disastrous consequences for cotton farmers both in Texas USA as in Mali, West Africa. They are competing with each other on the same market although their position differ totally. This documentary is part of a series : A DOLLAR A DAY, that provides a true insight into the complex nature of poverty.

  • Over one million cumulative viewers
  • 60 Cinema showings with discussions (in the Cinema Delicatessen program)


  • The film was part of the “A Dollar a Day” series that has been broadcasted in The Netherlands, India, USA, Japan, Canada, Sweden, the Middle East, Africa, Belgium, Greece ea.
  • Outreach campaign and website by the Center of Global Development Washington with this series
  • ThiemeMeulenhoff Publishers educational program for high schools GEO method with this series.
  • Location: Mali and USA, 2005
  • Themes: Cotton, Fair Trade, World Trade Organization, Agricultural Subsidies, Market Price, Agriculture, Food.

Price of cotton

Government subsidies, overproduction, and even currency exchange rates are steadily depressing the price of cotton worldwide. Ultimately, it is farmers living in places like Mali and Texas who are impacted the most. But can they do anything to change the situation?

Ibrahim Coulibaly

This film follows activist farmer Ibrahim Coulibaly’s efforts to gain access to markets by turning many small voices into a loud, international demand for fair trade. As he educates small cotton farmers like Sedu Dembele in Mali about global organizations such as the WTO, which he believes are driving them under, second generation cotton farmers in Texas worry about the gathering international storm around their subsidies, which represent their means of survival.


  • Directed by: Karin Junger
  • Production company: EMF Films
  • Coproducers: RVU, The Netherlands
  • Cinematography: Edwin Verstegen
  • Sound: Mark Wessner
  • Editor: Patrick Janssens


  • Distributed by Off The Fence and World Bank.



Film festival China (Guangzhou); World Social Forum Nairobi 2007 Slum Cinema screenings