Central Asia: Cotton industry contributes to "political repression, economic stagnation, widespread poverty and environmental degradation", says Intl. Crisis Group

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28 February 2005

The Curse of Cotton: Central Asia's Destructive Monoculture

Author: International Crisis Group

The cotton industry in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan contributes to political repression, economic stagnation, widespread poverty and environmental degradation...Forced and child labour and other abuses are common...Central Asian cotton is traded internationally by major European and U.S. corporations; its production is financed by Western banks, and the final product ends up in well-known clothes outlets in Western countries.

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28 February 2005

[PDF] full report: "The Curse of Cotton: Central Asia's Destructive Monoculture"

Author: International Crisis Group

[refers to Paul Reinhart, Cargill Cotton (part of Cargill), Dunavant, Ecom USA (part of Ecom Agroindustrial), Uzpakhtasanoat, Credit Suisse, Société Générale, ABN-AMRO, Pakhtabank, Ghallabank, Zaminbank, Daýhanbank, Türkmenpagta (Turkmen Cotton), Türkmenobahizmat (Turkmen Agricultural Services), Çalik Holding, GAP-Insaat, GAP-Türkmen (part of Çalik Holdings), Mitsubishi, Olam, Levi Strauss, Tojiksodirotbank, Turkmenbashi Textile]

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