Economy

The cloth cycle

The cotton produced in East Africa is woven into apparel in Asia and then shipped to the US & EU markets. But, it returns to Africa as used clothing, disrupting the local textile industry

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019

Sources: Overview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa, 2017, by USAID; Atlas of Economic Complexity by Harvard’s Center for International Development, 2017; The Impact os Second Hand Clothes and Shoes in East Africa, 2017, by CUTS International  

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