African ministers said cotton provided them with 10 percent of their gross domestic product, 40 percent of their exports and 70 percent of their agricultural exports. In the United States, cotton farmers received $3 billion last year" over $200 and acre.
Source: Becker, Elizabeth "African Nations Press for an End to Cotton Subsidies in the West," The New York Times, September 12, 2003, p.A5. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/12/international/africa/12TRAD.html. (Verified 04/18/14)