Post forecasts MY 2018/19 (August to July) area for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Senegal at 1.71 million hectares (HA), a 0.9 percent increase from the previous year due mainly to reported area increases in Mali. MY 2018/19 total cotton production for all the aforementioned countries is forecast 11.4 percent higher than the previous year at 3 million 480 lb. bales on expectations of strong prices, good weather and better pest management. MY 2018/19 total exports are expected to increase 10 percent from the previous year on higher exportable supplies and strong international demand. This update primarily focuses on providing an overview of the cotton sector in Senegal; it includes an abridged analysis for Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad.