MY 2015/16 seed cotton production in Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Chad decreased 16 percent from last season’s (1.6 million tons) due to insufficient rainfall, as well as 5 percent from USDA official numbers. MY 2016/17 is estimated to increase by 24 percent (1.9 million tons). As a result of non-resolution of the issue between Burkinabe cotton actors and Monsanto, regarding the short fiber length issue, farmers decided not to plant Bt. cotton in MY2016/17. In August 2016, USDA /FAS and the National Cotton Council will host a meeting in the U.S., where CEOs from the C4 countries plus Senegal and two staff members from USAID C4CP Project will participate in discussions to identify West Africa Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (WATASP)’s research and technical assistance priorities. Mali and Burkina Faso have nominated new CEOs for their Cotton Industry, respectively.