MY 2019/20 (August to July) area for Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mali is forecast at 1.4 million hectares (HA), a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year primarily due to higher area in Mali on expectations that a strong fixed farm gate price will influence planting decisions. MY 2019/20 total cotton production is projected to increase 14.8 percent from the previous year to 2.47 million 480 lb. bales assuming good weather and low pest pressure. MY 2019/20 total exports are forecast to increase 15.1 percent to 2.42 million 480 lb. bales on expectations of 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 and Mali.