For MY 2017/18, total area and production levels for West Africa are estimated to increase 2.75 percent to 2.95 million 480 lb. bales assuming good weather and strong farm gate prices. For MY 2017/18, cotton area and production levels in Burkina Faso are projected to increase 8 and 10 percent to 755,000 HA and 1.42 million 480 lb. bales on expectations of higher prices and good weather. Exports from the West African region are estimated to grow 17 percent to 2.88 million 480 lb. bales on expectations of competitive prices and strong international demand.